A young Cystic Fibrosis (CF) sufferer will be laid to rest today.
Arron O’Leary, 13, from Upper Adamstown in Ballinhassig, passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday.
His story came to national prominence in 2015 when he travelled to Newcastle to undergo a long-awaited double lung transplant in December of that year.
He was reported to have recovered well from the procedure.
He and his brother Cian, who also suffers with CF, were honoured with a Special Achievement Award at the Garda Youth Awards last December.
Arron and his family were also heavily involved in the Build4Life charity, which raises funds for CF care at CUH.
His family and friends have helped to raise over €150,000 for Build4Life since the charity was set up in 2007.
A statement on the charity’s website and social media read: “RIP Arron, we will all miss you so very much, our hearts are truly broken.”
“All I can do is offer my condolences to his family,” said Joe Browne, chairperson of Build4Life.
“They are huge supporters of ours, they have been since our inception. It’s just so sad.”
Local sports teams also paid tribute to Arron.
“We would like to express our deep condolences and sympathy to the family of Arron O’Leary who passed away last night. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. RIP,” said the Ballygarvan Camogie Club in a Facebook post.
Ballygarvan GAA also took to Facebook: “Our thoughts and prayers are with Arron’s family and friends at this time. Ar dheis dé go raibh a anam.”
The Ballygarvan Ladies Football Club postponed last night’s training as a mark of respect to the O’Leary family.
Arron is to be laid to rest after a funeral mass at the Church of Mary, Mother of God in Ballygarvan this morning.
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