BOY (6) WHO DIED AFTER BE­ING HIT BY VAN IN SHANKILL TO BE LAID TO REST

FAM­ILY WANT LIT­TLE BOY’S FU­NERAL TO BE A ‘TES­TA­MENT OF JOY CIAN BROUGHT THEM’

Bray People - - FRONT PAGE - BY ES­THER HAY­DEN

A SIX-YEAR- OLD boy who brought joy to the lives of all who knew him will be laid to rest to­mor­row (Thurs­day).

Cian Mar­ren of Oak­dale, Bal­ly­cullen, Dublin died trag­i­cally on Satur­day after been hit by a van on the Shanganagh Road in Shankill on Fri­day evening at 4.45 p.m.

Cian was rushed to Tem­ple Street Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal for emergency treat­ment but his in­juries were very se­vere and he died sur­rounded by his lov­ing fam­ily on Satur­day.

A mem­ber of St Anne’s GAA club in Bo­h­ernabreena Cian was the son of Liam and Lisa and brother to Aine and Ciara.

It is be­lieved Cian and other fam­ily mem­bers had been vis­it­ing the home of one of his grand­par­ents when the tragedy oc­curred at a pedes­trian cross­ing at the en­trance to the Hazel­wood es­tate on the busy Shanganagh Road.

Dev­as­tated by Cian’s death his fam­ily want to re­mem­ber the joy he brought to them and have asked mourn­ers to wear colour­ful clothes to his fu­neral mass as a ‘ tes­ta­ment of the won­der­ful joy Cian brought to them’.

Cian’s re­mains will be repos­ing at his home be­tween 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. to­day ( Wed­nes­day) with re­moval to St. Anne’s Church, Bo­h­ernabreena on Thurs­day at 10.50 a.m. for 11 a.m. Re­quiem Mass. Burial will take place af­ter­wards in Bo­h­ernabreena Ceme­tery. Fam­ily flow­ers only please. Do­na­tions, if de­sired, to Tem­ple Street Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal or Eastern Re­gion Am­bu­lance Ser­vice.

He is sur­vived by his heart­bro­ken par­ents, Liam and Lisa, his sis­ters Áine and Ciara, grand­par­ents, un­cles, aunts, ex­tended fam­ily, au pairs Laura, Eleanora, Ana and Marina, and all his neigh­bours and friends.

Trib­utes have been paid to Cian fol­low­ing his death with the Wood­stown Vil­lage Knock­lyon Face­book page ask­ing peo­ple to put a light in their front win­dow in his mem­ory.

The post read: ‘We are sad­dened to hear of the pass­ing of 6 year old Cian Mar­ren from Oak­dale in a traf­fic ac­ci­dent last Fri­day.

‘Our com­mis­er­a­tions go to his fam­ily and friends and to our neigh­bours in Oak­dale. Cian was a mem­ber of St Anne’s GAA Club.

‘As a ges­ture of sup­port we are ask­ing res­i­dents at home tonight and to­mor­row Tues­day when Cian comes home to put a light in their front win­dow in Cian’s mem­ory.

‘Ar dheis De go raibh a anam.’

St Anne’s GAA Club – where Cian was a mem­ber – also ex­pressed sym­pa­thy to the Mar­ren fam­ily.

‘All St Anne’s GAA Club would like to ex­press our deep­est sym­pa­thy to Liam, Lisa, Àine, Ciara and all the ex­tended Mar­ren fam­ily and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

‘Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.’ Fir­house Taek­won-Do club also posted a trib­ute after the dev­as­tat­ing news of his death say­ing ‘Cian was a lovely child, so full of en­ergy and hap­pi­ness. He will be sadly missed by all.’

Step­tac­u­lar School of Per­form­ing Arts wrote: ‘On be­half of my­self, teach­ers, stu­dents and par­ents of Step­tac­u­lar past and present we are all heart­bro­ken for this pre­cious an­gel and their gor­geous fam­ily. Think­ing of you all. Rest in peace lit­tle man.’

A post on the Face­book page of Gaelscoil Ch­noc Li­amhna - Cairde where Cian was a pupil read: ‘It is with a heavy heart that we wish to ex­tend our deep­est sym­pa­thies to Liam, Lisa, Aíne and Ciara Mar­ren on the tragic death of lit­tle Cian. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.’

Dublin GAA Fans wrote on its Face­book page: ‘We would like to ex­press our sin­cere con­do­lences to the fam­ily and friends of 6 year old Cian Mar­ren who trag­i­cally passed away over the week­end fol­low­ing a traf­fic ac­ci­dent. Cian’s fam­ily are in­volved in the St Anne’s GAA club where the lit­tle boy was an ac­tive play­ing mem­ber in the club, along with his sis­ters. His ju­ve­nile coach said he will be re­mem­bered as a fab­u­lous child who loved his foot­ball. Cian’s fam­ily has asked for those at­tend­ing the Fu­neral Mass to wear colour­ful clothes as a tes­ta­ment to the won­der­ful joy Cian brought them.

‘Our thoughts and prayers are with Cian’s fam­ily and friends at this tragic time.’

Lo­cal Fine Gael coun­cil­lor Brian Lawlor said Cian’s pass­ing was ‘very, very sad news for the whole area of Bal­ly­cullen. ‘ The fam­ily are well­known in the area and it’s just very tragic news,’ he said.

Gar­dai are still ap­peal­ing for wit­nesses to the crash which oc­curred at 4.45 p.m. on Fri­day evening hear the Hazel­wood Es­tate in Shankill. A white van, trav­el­ling in the di­rec­tion of Shankill Vil­lage struck Cian. The driver of the van has been in­ter­viewed by Gar­daí.

Gar­daí are ask­ing any­one who was in the area at the time or has any in­for­ma­tion about the col­li­sion to con­tact them at Shankill Garda Sta­tion on (01) 666 5900

The late Cian Mar­ren.

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