‘Shane will always be young in our hearts’ – Offaly teenager killed in tractor collision, buried


Offaly teenager Shane Hickey, 15, is remembered as a “legend”, someone who celebrated the simple things in life and who valued his family and his “many, many friends”.

Hane died last Thursday after a tragic collision with a tractor on a single lane road near his home in Edenderry, Co. Offaly.

The third year student was buried this afternoon after mass at St Mary’s Church in Edenderry. Principal celebrant Father Liam Lawton said that although Shane’s life was short, he touched “so many” people.

Father Lawton only saw Shane last week and said he never imagined he would “celebrate his funeral mass today”.

He said the large crowd that gathered at St Mary’s Church today was there to support one another, as were Shane’s parents, his brothers, his girlfriend Holly and his “many, many friends”.

“I know that Shane has lived a very happy and fulfilling life,” Father Lawton said.

“Shane died, as always, with his boots, with his tractor, in the country he loved so much. He is very happy now but we have to take comfort in his loss but we will see him again.

“Shane will always be young in our hearts but he is very close to us even though we can’t see him. He will watch over our comings and goings and he will be very close to us. His death is not the end. Death does not have the last word, life does.”

In the arms of an angel was played when Shane’s coffin was brought into the church and a picture of him in his Edenderry colors was placed on the coffin.

Symbols of his life were placed on the altar which, according to Father Lawton, “painted a picture of Shane’s loved ones in his life”.

These included a pair of pliers and tools symbolizing his love of mechanics, workwear for his love of work, and a jersey collection for his “sportsmanship”.

On behalf of the Hickey family, her friend Michelle Brennan thanked local priests and emergency services for their efforts following Shane’s tragic death.

Ms Brennan said when speaking about Shane “it’s never been so difficult to use the word” but the memories he created “put a smile on everyone’s face”.

She said Shane was a “good kid” that his brothers and cousins ​​”looked up to.”

“He’s been a heartthrob since Shane was born,” Ms. Brennan said.

“His chubby little face and cheeky grin smiling at you. You could never give him anything even though you didn’t have to. He was always a good boy, pleasant and fun-loving.”

Shane played rugby and gaelic football with both Edenderry clubs, as well as both sides at school, and Ms Brennan said he was adored by his team-mates and people in the community.

“Shane came into this world as a heartbreaker and sadly leaves it heartbroken,” she said.

“He had a zest for life and couldn’t wait to get out there and make some money. He helped build sheds, he walked lawns, he worked on the farm and he loved nothing more than to associate with his grandfather Eddie and buy and sell cattle.

“Shane had so many plans and what’s more, he would have made them come true. He had to get up and walk over him so much. He wanted to be right in the thick of things and accepted everything with enthusiasm.”

She added: “Everywhere you look you are reminded of Shane. The shed at the back of the house, he helped build the wall and where he wanted to keep his cattle, his dogs Mollie and Daisy, his jerseys and his medals.

“He put a lot into his short life and honestly to everyone who knew Shane, he was a legend and that’s his legacy. Think of the absolute legend, Shane Hickey.”

As Shane’s coffin was carried out of the church, his family and many young friends wept and hugged each other tightly.

His body was buried after the service in the adjacent St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Shane is survived by his parents Paula and Richard, brothers Alex and Evan, grandparents, extended family, girlfriend Holly and a large group of friends. ‘Shane will always be young in our hearts’ – Offaly teenager killed in tractor collision, buried

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