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Family of tragic Donnacadh Maguire say a big 'thank you' to people of Bogside

By Donna Deeney

The father of six-year-old Donnacadh Maguire who died after being knocked down outside his home in Londonderry has paid tribute to those who have supported the family since the tragedy.

Describing his son as the family's "little Power Ranger", Alan Donnellan said a special word of thanks to people living in Tryconnell Street, where the incident happened.

On behalf of Donnacadh's mother Sarah, brother Kealan and sister Saoirse, Mr Donnellan said: "I would like to express our deepest, sincere, heartfelt thanks to the people of Derry following the tragic loss of a dearly loved and much missed son, Donnacadh.

"The love, help and support we received from the community in the Bogside area and, in particular, those neighbours in Tyrconnell Street, was appreciated so much by us and will never be forgotten following Donnacadh's premature passing.

"Never before have we experienced such love, care and sheer community spirit which we witnessed over recent weeks, during and after the worst time of our lives following the loss of Donnacadh, our 'little Power Ranger'.

"Derry people have confirmed the truth in the saying 'Ní neart go cur le chéile' - There is no strength without unity."

The six-year-old had been playing outside his home around 10.30am on July 11 when the incident occurred. He was found lying in the street with serious injuries.

Neighbours ran to his aid and administered first aid along with his mother until an ambulance arrived.

Despite their heroic efforts, Donnacadh was pronounced dead at Altnagelvin Hospital a short time later.

On July 15 hundreds of people attended St Eugene's Cathedral for Mass of the Angels celebrated by Fr Paul Farren.

There were moving scenes as children from St Eugene's Primary School released colourful balloons in memory of their classmate before he was taken to his final resting place.

In his statement, Mr Donnellan included the emergency services and clergy in his words of appreciation. He said: "Thank you to the priests, Fr Paul and Fr Chris; the undertakers, Joe and Denis; the musicians, singer and all those who assisted in making Donnacadh's Funeral Mass a beautiful celebration.

"Thank you also to those people who visited the house, attended the funeral and those who travelled long distances to express their sympathy.

"Thanks to all those who sent flowers, Mass Cards and who made charitable donations.

"Our thanks also to the PSNI in Derry and the emergency services who attended to Donnacadh.

"Thanks to the staff and children from St. Eugene's Primary School and to the grave diggers who prepared Donnacadh's final resting place."

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