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Donnacadh Maguire funeral: Friends of young boy who died in Derry pay poignant tribute

By Donna Deeney

Mourners who gathered at St Eugene's Cathedral in Londonderry for the funeral of little Donnacadh Maguire heard him compared to the Power Rangers he loved.

Little Donnacadh (Donny) Maguire (6) passed away at Altnagelvin Hospital on Tuesday.

He had been found lying on the road outside his Tyrconnell Street home with serious head injuries.

Fr Paul Farren said: "I have to confess I am not an expert in Power Rangers but Donnacadh was.

"They are described as "stronger than before, powered up for more, higher they can soar".

"These words can also describe Donnacadh so well.

"While the Power Rangers are only cartoon creatures in the land of make believe singing about being stronger than before - being powered up for more and soaring to greater heights, Donnacadh is stronger than before, he has soared to greater heights - the heights of heaven. His strength comes now from being in the heart of God"

Donnacadh's parents Alan and Sarah, sister Saoirse and brother Kealan, led the congregation behind the tiny white coffin bearing the six year old's remains.

They gathered in sorrow to offer support following the tragic collision in which Donnacadh died.

Fr Farren offered words of comfort to them in their grief.

He said: "As we stand in the face of this horrific pain we can be riddled with so many "whys" and "if onlys".

"It is not fair because there are no answers.

"We stand in the face of a terrible mystery and what have to hold on to, who have we to hold on to?

"We have God, we have each other. God is here, God is with us all the time, particularly in the darkness."

Pupils from St Eugene's Primary school paid a poignant tribute to their friend setting off brightly coloured balloons which soared up through the clouds.

Surrounded by floral tributes including teddy bears and a Manchester United football jersey the tiny white coffin was then taken to the City Cemetery  to his final resting place.

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