‘She shone so brightly all her short life’ – heartbroken parents of Aoibhe Byrne, 14, pay tribute at funeral service

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The parents of Aoibhe Byrne, 14, who died in a tragic accident during the week, said at their funeral service today that she was a happy and kind girl who “was smiling from the minute she was born”.

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

Friends and family filled the church to pay tribute to the schoolgirl, who was described as someone who “shone so brightly.”

At the start of the ceremony, a brownie mix was brought down the aisle to symbolize her love for food and for sharing with friends and family.

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

She also enjoyed music and “sang like nobody was watching,” so a microphone was gifted to symbolize that love.

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

“At this point there are no words to describe the heartbreak felt by what happened to Aoibhe,” they said.

“A life that shone so brightly during her short life.

“We were blessed to have her in our lives and we believe she smiled from the minute she was born.”

The schoolgirl’s parents said she has befriended both students and teachers in every walk of her life, giving them lasting memories of “fun, devilry and genuine love.”

Before her death she was a student at Colaiste Dun an Ri in Co Cavan.

“It didn’t matter to Aoibhe if you were the most popular, it didn’t matter what your age, the color of your skin or your creed, she had time for everyone and every time she met you, she greeted you with her that beautiful smile,” Gary and Olivia continued.

“Aoibhe enjoyed being part of all social groups, loved sports and dabbled in most things over the years, but in recent years her loves have been the GAA, soccer, basketball and handball and all of these activities have ebbed her great joy.

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

“Aoibhe was the life and soul of the house, she adored her brothers Oisín and Caolán and was a second mom to Gary Óg.

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

“Her love for her extended family was also unconditional and is appreciated by all.

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

Aoibhe is deceased by her little brother Ciaran and their nanny Angela Byrne.

A death notice on RIP.ie reads: “Aoibhe’s death brings indescribable sadness to her heartbroken family, she is loved beyond words and is supported by her mother Olivia and father Gary, her sister Saoirse and her brothers Oisín, Caolán and Gary Óg, her nanny and grandfather Margaret & Kevin Boylan, her grandfather Ollie Byrne, her aunts, uncles, cousins, her many friends and all of Byrne & Boylan’s extended families.”

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/she-shone-so-brightly-throughout-her-short-life-heartbroken-parents-of-aoibhe-byrne-14-pay-tribute-at-funeral-mass-41605194.html ‘She shone so brightly all her short life’ – heartbroken parents of Aoibhe Byrne, 14, pay tribute at funeral service

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