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’
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.