‘She shone so brightly throughout her short life’ – heartbroken parents of Aoibhe Byrne (14) pay respects at funeral mass


The parents of Aoibhe Byrne (14), who died in a tragic accident earlier this week, said at her funeral today that she was a happy and friendly girl who ‘smiled from birth’.

Mass was held at 11.30am at St Peter and St Paul’s Church in Carrickmacross, Monaghan, followed by a burial in the adjoining ceremony.

Friends and family packed the church to pay their respects to the schoolgirl who was described as someone who ‘shone so bright’.

At the start of the ceremony, a brownie mix was brought to the altar to symbolize her love of food and to share it with her friends and family.

A jersey was also brought as a gift to the altar to symbolize her love of sports and she played GAA, basketball and football.

She also loved music and she “sings like nobody’s watching”, so a microphone was given as a symbol of that love.

Gary and Olivia, Aoibhe’s heartbroken parents, wrote a few words about their daughter which were read aloud during mass.

“At the moment, words fail to describe the feeling of grief over what happened to Aoibhe,” they said.

“A life that shone so brightly throughout his short life.

“We were blessed to have her in our lives and we believe she was smiling from birth.”

The schoolgirl’s parents said she had befriended pupils and teachers throughout her life and gave them lasting memories of ‘fun, devilry and true love’.

Prior to her death, she was a student at Colaiste Dun an Ri in Co Cavan.

“For Aoibhe, it didn’t matter if you were the most popular, no matter your age, color or creed, she had time for everyone and that wonderful smile greeted you every time she met you,” Gary continued. and Olivia. .

“Aoibhe loved being part of all social groups, she loved sports and over the years she tried her hand at most things, but in recent years her love was for GAA, football, basketball- ball and handball and all these activities gave her great joy.

“Family meant everything to her, from the special bond she had with her father to her closeness to her mother.

“Aoibhe was the life and soul of the house, she adored her brothers Oisín and Caolán and was Gary Óg’s second mum.

“She loved her sister Saoirse very much and was there for her whenever she needed her.

“His love for his extended family was also unconditional and is something everyone will cherish.

“She made time for everyone, from the youngest to the oldest, no one was left out.”

Aoibhe is predeceased by her younger brother Ciaran and her nanny Angela Byrne.

An obituary on RIP.ie reads: “Aoibhe’s death brings indescribable grief to her heartbroken family, she is loved beyond words and will be forever missed by her mum Olivia and dad Gary , his sister Saoirse and his brothers Oisín, Caolán & Gary Óg, his nanny and grandfather Margaret and Kevin Boylan, his grandfather Ollie Byrne, his aunts, uncles, cousins, his many friends and all the extended Byrne and Boylan families .

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