CIAN’S ‘GREAT­EST GIFT’ AS HIS OR­GANS HELP TO SAVE FOUR LIVES

Bray People - - FRONT PAGE - BY ES­THER HAY­DEN

GAR­DAI are ap­peal­ing for dash­cam footage or to speak to any wit­nesses to a road traf­fic ac­ci­dent in Shankill which led to the death of a young Dublin school­boy.

Cian Mar­ren (6) from Oak­dale, Bal­ly­cullen, died in Tem­ple Street hos­pi­tal on Sun­day, July 30, where he had been since he was knocked down by a van on the Shanganagh Road in Shankill.

On Fri­day, July 28, Cian was hit by the white van, trav­el­ling in the di­rec­tion of Shankill Vil­lage, near the Hazel­wood Es­tate. 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 Hazel­wood es­tate on the busy Shanganagh Road.

Young Cian was rushed to Tem­ple Street Hos­pi­tal but died on Sun­day as a re­sult of his in­juries.

The driver of the van has been in­ter­viewed by gar­daí.

At his fu­neral mass last Thurs­day, Cian’s dev­as­tated fa­ther Liam told the mourn­ers that Cian’s or­gans had been used to save the lives of four peo­ple.

‘In his fi­nal act on earth, Cian gave the great­est gift of all, the gift of life, when his or­gans were do­nated to save the lives of four peo­ple on Sun­day evening.

‘Words can­not de­scribe how much we miss and love you. We know you’re in heaven with the an­gels and we hope that you will al­ways be watch­ing over us.

‘We know we will meet you again, our adorable son.’

St Anne’s Church in Bo­h­ernabreena was full to ca­pac­ity as Cian’s white cof­fin, which bore mes­sages from his friends writ­ten in colour­ful mark­ers, was car­ried to the al­tar for his fu­neral.

Many of those who had come to pay their re­spects had to wait out­side in the church grounds.

Cian’s mother, Lisa, de­scribed the sym­bols brought up to the al­tar to rep­re­sent his life.

His sis­ter Aine car­ried his hur­ley, with which he played at the lo­cal St Anne’s GAA Club, while his other sis­ter Ciara car­ried their dog’s lead. The book Lit­tle Ein­stein which was Cian’s favourite and which was read to him by his grand­mother on his first stay at her house was also car­ried to the al­tar.

His best friend brought Cian’s last Lego creation, and a Thomas The Tank Engine toy was an­other sym­bol, along with his favourite teddy, his taek­wondo belt and wa­ter pis­tol.

In his eu­logy, Cian’s fa­ther Liam thanked the paramedics and emer­gency crews who had bat­tled to save him, and the staff of Tem­ple Street Hos­pi­tal. ‘Your work al­lowed us our pre­cious 48 hours to be with Cian, to hold him and to say our good­byes. For this, we will be eter­nally grate­ful,’ said Mr Mar­ren.

‘Cian was our an­gel and our hero. We had six fan­tas­tic years with him, filled with love, fun and an abun­dance of happy mem­o­ries.

‘Every evening when I came home from work, I was greeted with Cian run­ning down the hall, a big jump and an em­brace as he called out “Daddy”. I al­ways replied: “Buddy”. It was our daily rit­ual and some­thing I am al­ready miss­ing so, so much.’

He also re­called how Cian would sneak into his par­ents’ bed, tak­ing his place be­side his mum, giv­ing her kisses and hugs, and how he loved ad­ven­ture, climb­ing, hurl­ing, foot­ball, taek­wondo, trucks, trains and build­ing with Lego.

‘When you asked Cian what he would want to do when he grew up, he had two an­swers,’ he said. ‘First, “I want to be a daddy like you” and the se­cond, “I want to be an in­ven­tor.”’

Mr Mar­ren spoke of his son’s mis­chievous side too, telling mourn­ers how Cian loved get­ting up on the roof of the car and of how, dur­ing one sunny day, he put sun cream on the fam­ily’s dog, Shadow.

Gar­daí in­ves­ti­gat­ing the crash are ap­peal­ing to any­one who has any in­for­ma­tion in re­la­tion to the col­li­sion or to any driv­ers who may be in pos­ses­sion of ‘dash cam’ and who were in the area at the time of this col­li­sion to con­tact the gar­daí at Shankill Garda Sta­tion on (01) 666 5900, the Garda Con­fi­den­tial Line 1 800 666 111 or any Garda Sta­tion.

Cian 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.

Flow­ers placed on the Shanganagh Road in Shankill, near the en­trance to Hazel­wood, where Cian Mar­ren (right) was knocked down.

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