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The funeral service was held this morning at a church in Ballymun followed by a burial held at Dardistown Cemetery.

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The funeral service was held this morning at a church in Ballymun followed by a burial ceremony at Dardistown Cemetery.

The funeral service was held this morning at a church in Ballymun followed by a burial ceremony at Dardistown Cemetery.

The funeral service was held this morning at a church in Ballymun followed by a burial ceremony at Dardistown Cemetery.

A teenage boy who died following a stabbing in Dublin last month has been remembered as a gentle and caring person with a "bright future ahead of him" by mourners at his funeral today.

The funeral service was held this morning at a church in Ballymun followed by a burial at Dardistown Cemetery.

The secondary schoolboy cannot be identified due a recent judgment preventing the news media from identifying any deceased child victim.

Current Covid-19 restrictions meant the service was limited to only 10 people but friends and family gathered outside the church to pay their respects.

“The outpouring of grief within our own community here in Ballymun and indeed, throughout the country, is very touching,” the priest said.

The priest continued: “[He] loved life. And he had a bright future ahead of him. He had a huge circle of friends.

“And he could charm the birds off the trees with a smile. He could also charm the non-feathered birds as well.”

“[He] had a big heart. He was kind, he was gentle, he was a caring person.”

“As we all know, he was a really talented footballer.”

The boy’s local football manager also complimented his skill, and how much of a promising young footballer he was.

“The potential he had was fantastic, and it was cut short, but his memory will never be cut short,” he said.

“The family would like to sincerely thank Dublin Fire Brigade, the gardaí, the ambulance services, Murphy’s funeral services, and the Ballymun community.”

The boy’s former manager went on to say that he would always come to the support of his mother whenever a fight would break out.

“Squabbles and little rows would break out,” he said. “[His mother] would have to have a go at some of the brothers and the sisters. And they would have to have their say back - give back the usual bit of cheek that the teenagers do.”

“And [the boy] would come on to the scene, and he would step in for [his mother] and have words for whoever was giving cheek.

“He always had [his mother’s] back.

“As the lads would say: ‘aw yeah, golden balls can get away with it, but we can’t’.”

The priest had explained that “golden balls” was a sort of nickname given to the boy, meaning he was the “golden boy” of the family.

The priest added the boy will “always be the shining light out on Ballymun”.

“One way of keeping [his] memory alive, is to live out the good qualities [he] had,” the priest said. “Be kind to each other. Look out for each other. Get involved in good activities”

“Follow the right road, and as [the boy] did, live life to the full.”

The teen suffered fatal injuries last week while trying to calm a row in East Wall and was rushed to the Mater Hospital but was later pronounced dead.

A man is before the court charged with the murder of the schoolboy.


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