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'Some comfort' Mum of tragic Belfast schoolboy Noah Donohoe urges parents to hug kids more often in poignant interview

I know every parent does this, but you should do it a wee bit more - and I’m blessed we did - we hugged all the time, we said we loved each other all the time.”

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Noah Donohoe (Michael McHugh/PA)

Noah Donohoe (Michael McHugh/PA)

Noah Donohoe (Michael McHugh/PA)

The mother of Noah Donohoe, a Belfast boy who died tragically last year, issued a poignant reminder to parents to hug their children more often as they’ll never know when it’ll be their last.

Fiona Donohoe spoke out about the death of 14-year-old Noah and how it changed her life forever.

Noah left home on June 21 last year to meet his two best friends at a well-known beauty spot in the north of Belfast City called Cavehill. However, Noah did not reach Cavehill, and six days later his naked body was found deep inside a storm drain in a part of the city Noah was not familiar with and would never have visited before.

Ms Donohoe reiterated how important it is for parents to cherish their children while they still can, saying: “I know every parent does this, but you should do it a wee bit more - and I’m blessed we did - we hugged all the time, we said we loved each other all the time.”

“That feels meek, but I was able to give him a hug as usual and tell him I loved him, and I’m so grateful for that,” she told Virgin Media One.

“Because I never knew I wasn’t going to see him again and to have that as our final thing gives me some comfort.”

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Precious: Fiona shared a new picture of herself and Noah earlier this week

Precious: Fiona shared a new picture of herself and Noah earlier this week

Precious: Fiona shared a new picture of herself and Noah earlier this week

Commenting on his character, she added that: “I would be completely lost, because we did everything together.”

“He could fit 25 hours in a day, he was just one of those children. The amount of time [we had] together when he wasn’t doing his sports or music. I miss him so much, and his hugs, and his love.”

Noah attended the prestigious school St Malachy’s Catholic boy's school.

He was a cellist and a member of the Peace Players basketball team. He could complete a Rubik’s cube in 40 seconds.

“The most touching thing, the school St Malachy’s allowed us to take Noah back to school because he never would return,” Ms Donohoe said.

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Noah Donohoe’s funeral (Niall Carson/PA).

Noah Donohoe’s funeral (Niall Carson/PA).

Noah Donohoe’s funeral (Niall Carson/PA).

“The amount of people outside the gates of the school, and them all clapping, and when we took Noah back to the school, the silence, and the boys doing a guard of honour the whole way up the beautiful avenue, and the prayer.”

“I just felt I was able to bring Noah back to school and that meant so much to me.”

Noah’s family are now seeking a meeting with the Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee, in the hopes more can be done to investigate the circumstances of his disappearance.

The full interview with Fiona Donohoe airs tomorrow, Tuesday 23rd February at 8am on Virgin Media One.

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