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The funeral of Belcoo schoolboy Oisin McGrath has taken place in County Fermanagh. Oisin who was 13, died in hospital on Thursday after being injured in an incident at St Michael's College, Enniskillen, on Monday afternoon. Oisin had been on a life-support machine since the incident. A 17-year-old boy, a sixth former at the school, was detained following the incident. He was later released on bail pending further inquiries. The funeral took place at St Patrick's Church in Holywell. Hundreds of schoolchildren lined the route of the funeral. Some of them wore GAA jerseys in tribute to the 13-year-old, who played Gaelic football in Belcoo.Oisin's organs are to be used to help five other people, his parish priest Fr Seamus Quinn said.

The funeral of Belcoo schoolboy Oisin McGrath has taken place in County Fermanagh. Oisin who was 13, died in hospital on Thursday after being injured in an incident at St Michael's College, Enniskillen, on Monday afternoon. Oisin had been on a life-support machine since the incident. A 17-year-old boy, a sixth former at the school, was detained following the incident. He was later released on bail pending further inquiries. The funeral took place at St Patrick's Church in Holywell. Hundreds of schoolchildren lined the route of the funeral. Some of them wore GAA jerseys in tribute to the 13-year-old, who played Gaelic football in Belcoo.Oisin's organs are to be used to help five other people, his parish priest Fr Seamus Quinn said.

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PACEMAKER BELFAST   15/02/2015
The funeral of Oisin McGrath Belcoo schoolboy has taken place in County Fermanagh. The Celebration of the life of Oisin McGrath took place in St Patrick's Church Holywell. Oisin who was 13, died in hospital on Thursday after being injured in an incident at St Michael's College, Enniskillen, on Monday afternoon.
Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/02/2015 The funeral of Oisin McGrath Belcoo schoolboy has taken place in County Fermanagh. The Celebration of the life of Oisin McGrath took place in St Patrick's Church Holywell. Oisin who was 13, died in hospital on Thursday after being injured in an incident at St Michael's College, Enniskillen, on Monday afternoon. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST   15/02/2015
The funeral of Oisin McGrath Belcoo schoolboy has taken place in County Fermanagh. The Celebration of the life of Oisin McGrath took place in St Patrick's Church Holywell. Oisin who was 13, died in hospital on Thursday after being injured in an incident at St Michael's College, Enniskillen, on Monday afternoon.
Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/02/2015 The funeral of Oisin McGrath Belcoo schoolboy has taken place in County Fermanagh. The Celebration of the life of Oisin McGrath took place in St Patrick's Church Holywell. Oisin who was 13, died in hospital on Thursday after being injured in an incident at St Michael's College, Enniskillen, on Monday afternoon. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST   15/02/2015
The funeral of Oisin McGrath Belcoo schoolboy has taken place in County Fermanagh. The Celebration of the life of Oisin McGrath took place in St Patrick's Church Holywell. Oisin who was 13, died in hospital on Thursday after being injured in an incident at St Michael's College, Enniskillen, on Monday afternoon.
Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/02/2015 The funeral of Oisin McGrath Belcoo schoolboy has taken place in County Fermanagh. The Celebration of the life of Oisin McGrath took place in St Patrick's Church Holywell. Oisin who was 13, died in hospital on Thursday after being injured in an incident at St Michael's College, Enniskillen, on Monday afternoon. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST   15/02/2015
The funeral of Oisin McGrath Belcoo schoolboy has taken place in County Fermanagh. The Celebration of the life of Oisin McGrath took place in St Patrick's Church Holywell. Oisin who was 13, died in hospital on Thursday after being injured in an incident at St Michael's College, Enniskillen, on Monday afternoon.
Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/02/2015 The funeral of Oisin McGrath Belcoo schoolboy has taken place in County Fermanagh. The Celebration of the life of Oisin McGrath took place in St Patrick's Church Holywell. Oisin who was 13, died in hospital on Thursday after being injured in an incident at St Michael's College, Enniskillen, on Monday afternoon. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST   15/02/2015
The funeral of Oisin McGrath Belcoo schoolboy has taken place in County Fermanagh. The Celebration of the life of Oisin McGrath took place in St Patrick's Church Holywell. Oisin who was 13, died in hospital on Thursday after being injured in an incident at St Michael's College, Enniskillen, on Monday afternoon.
Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/02/2015 The funeral of Oisin McGrath Belcoo schoolboy has taken place in County Fermanagh. The Celebration of the life of Oisin McGrath took place in St Patrick's Church Holywell. Oisin who was 13, died in hospital on Thursday after being injured in an incident at St Michael's College, Enniskillen, on Monday afternoon. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST   15/02/2015
The funeral of Oisin McGrath Belcoo schoolboy has taken place in County Fermanagh. The Celebration of the life of Oisin McGrath took place in St Patrick's Church Holywell. Oisin who was 13, died in hospital on Thursday after being injured in an incident at St Michael's College, Enniskillen, on Monday afternoon.
Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/02/2015 The funeral of Oisin McGrath Belcoo schoolboy has taken place in County Fermanagh. The Celebration of the life of Oisin McGrath took place in St Patrick's Church Holywell. Oisin who was 13, died in hospital on Thursday after being injured in an incident at St Michael's College, Enniskillen, on Monday afternoon. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST   15/02/2015
The funeral of Oisin McGrath Belcoo schoolboy has taken place in County Fermanagh. The Celebration of the life of Oisin McGrath took place in St Patrick's Church Holywell. Oisin who was 13, died in hospital on Thursday after being injured in an incident at St Michael's College, Enniskillen, on Monday afternoon.
Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/02/2015 The funeral of Oisin McGrath Belcoo schoolboy has taken place in County Fermanagh. The Celebration of the life of Oisin McGrath took place in St Patrick's Church Holywell. Oisin who was 13, died in hospital on Thursday after being injured in an incident at St Michael's College, Enniskillen, on Monday afternoon. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST   15/02/2015
The funeral of Oisin McGrath Belcoo schoolboy has taken place in County Fermanagh. The Celebration of the life of Oisin McGrath took place in St Patrick's Church Holywell. Oisin who was 13, died in hospital on Thursday after being injured in an incident at St Michael's College, Enniskillen, on Monday afternoon.
Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/02/2015 The funeral of Oisin McGrath Belcoo schoolboy has taken place in County Fermanagh. The Celebration of the life of Oisin McGrath took place in St Patrick's Church Holywell. Oisin who was 13, died in hospital on Thursday after being injured in an incident at St Michael's College, Enniskillen, on Monday afternoon. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

Oisin Mc Grath Funeral - St Patrick's Chruch - Holywell, Co Fermanagh
Presseye Declan Roughan

The funeral took place yesterday of Oisin McGrath (15 September 2001 - 12 February 2015) who died following an incident at his school, St Michael's College Enniskillen.

Oisin Mc Grath Funeral - St Patrick's Chruch - Holywell, Co Fermanagh Presseye Declan Roughan The funeral took place yesterday of Oisin McGrath (15 September 2001 - 12 February 2015) who died following an incident at his school, St Michael's College Enniskillen.

Oisin Mc Grath Funeral - St Patrick's Chruch - Holywell, Co Fermanagh
Presseye Declan Roughan

The funeral took place yesterday of Oisin McGrath (15 September 2001 - 12 February 2015) who died following an incident at his school, St Michael's College Enniskillen.

Oisin Mc Grath Funeral - St Patrick's Chruch - Holywell, Co Fermanagh Presseye Declan Roughan The funeral took place yesterday of Oisin McGrath (15 September 2001 - 12 February 2015) who died following an incident at his school, St Michael's College Enniskillen.

Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk         15/2/2015
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Justin Kernoghan
Oisin McGrath's father Nigel helping to carry Oisin's coffin from St Patrick's Church in Belcoo. 
The funeral of Belcoo schoolboy Oisin McGrath has taken place in County Fermanagh. Oisin who was 13, died in hospital on Thursday after being injured in an incident at St Michael's College, Enniskillen, on Monday afternoon. Oisin had been on a life-support machine since the incident. A 17-year-old boy, a sixth former at the school, was detained following the incident. He was later released on bail pending further inquiries. The funeral took place at St Patrick's Church in Holywell. Hundreds of schoolchildren lined the route of the funeral. Some of them wore GAA jerseys in tribute to the 13-year-old, who played Gaelic football in Belcoo.Oisin's organs are to be used to help five other people, his parish priest Fr Seamus Quinn said.

Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 15/2/2015 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Justin Kernoghan Oisin McGrath's father Nigel helping to carry Oisin's coffin from St Patrick's Church in Belcoo. The funeral of Belcoo schoolboy Oisin McGrath has taken place in County Fermanagh. Oisin who was 13, died in hospital on Thursday after being injured in an incident at St Michael's College, Enniskillen, on Monday afternoon. Oisin had been on a life-support machine since the incident. A 17-year-old boy, a sixth former at the school, was detained following the incident. He was later released on bail pending further inquiries. The funeral took place at St Patrick's Church in Holywell. Hundreds of schoolchildren lined the route of the funeral. Some of them wore GAA jerseys in tribute to the 13-year-old, who played Gaelic football in Belcoo.Oisin's organs are to be used to help five other people, his parish priest Fr Seamus Quinn said.

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PACEMAKER BELFAST   15/02/2015
The funeral of Oisin McGrath Belcoo schoolboy has taken place in County Fermanagh. The Celebration of the life of Oisin McGrath took place in St Patrick's Church Holywell. Oisin who was 13, died in hospital on Thursday after being injured in an incident at St Michael's College, Enniskillen, on Monday afternoon.
Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/02/2015 The funeral of Oisin McGrath Belcoo schoolboy has taken place in County Fermanagh. The Celebration of the life of Oisin McGrath took place in St Patrick's Church Holywell. Oisin who was 13, died in hospital on Thursday after being injured in an incident at St Michael's College, Enniskillen, on Monday afternoon. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

Oisin Mc Grath Funeral - St Patrick's Chruch - Holywell, Co Fermanagh
Presseye Declan Roughan

The funeral took place yesterday of Oisin McGrath (15 September 2001 - 12 February 2015) who died following an incident at his school, St Michael's College Enniskillen.

Oisin Mc Grath Funeral - St Patrick's Chruch - Holywell, Co Fermanagh Presseye Declan Roughan The funeral took place yesterday of Oisin McGrath (15 September 2001 - 12 February 2015) who died following an incident at his school, St Michael's College Enniskillen.

Oisin Mc Grath Funeral - St Patrick's Chruch - Holywell, Co Fermanagh
Presseye Declan Roughan

The funeral took place yesterday of Oisin McGrath (15 September 2001 - 12 February 2015) who died following an incident at his school, St Michael's College Enniskillen.

Oisin Mc Grath Funeral - St Patrick's Chruch - Holywell, Co Fermanagh Presseye Declan Roughan The funeral took place yesterday of Oisin McGrath (15 September 2001 - 12 February 2015) who died following an incident at his school, St Michael's College Enniskillen.

Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk         15/2/2015
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Justin Kernoghan
Oisin McGrath's father Nigel helping to carry Oisin's coffin from St Patrick's Church in Belcoo. 
The funeral of Belcoo schoolboy Oisin McGrath has taken place in County Fermanagh. Oisin who was 13, died in hospital on Thursday after being injured in an incident at St Michael's College, Enniskillen, on Monday afternoon. Oisin had been on a life-support machine since the incident. A 17-year-old boy, a sixth former at the school, was detained following the incident. He was later released on bail pending further inquiries. The funeral took place at St Patrick's Church in Holywell. Hundreds of schoolchildren lined the route of the funeral. Some of them wore GAA jerseys in tribute to the 13-year-old, who played Gaelic football in Belcoo.Oisin's organs are to be used to help five other people, his parish priest Fr Seamus Quinn said.

Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 15/2/2015 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Justin Kernoghan Oisin McGrath's father Nigel helping to carry Oisin's coffin from St Patrick's Church in Belcoo. The funeral of Belcoo schoolboy Oisin McGrath has taken place in County Fermanagh. Oisin who was 13, died in hospital on Thursday after being injured in an incident at St Michael's College, Enniskillen, on Monday afternoon. Oisin had been on a life-support machine since the incident. A 17-year-old boy, a sixth former at the school, was detained following the incident. He was later released on bail pending further inquiries. The funeral took place at St Patrick's Church in Holywell. Hundreds of schoolchildren lined the route of the funeral. Some of them wore GAA jerseys in tribute to the 13-year-old, who played Gaelic football in Belcoo.Oisin's organs are to be used to help five other people, his parish priest Fr Seamus Quinn said.

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Oisin Mc Grath Funeral - St Patrick's Chruch - Holywell, Co Fermanagh
Presseye Declan Roughan

Oisin's father Nigel, looking skyward, carries the coffin out of the church

The funeral took place yesterday of Oisin McGrath (15 September 2001 - 12 February 2015) who died following an incident at his school, St Michael's College Enniskillen.

Oisin Mc Grath Funeral - St Patrick's Chruch - Holywell, Co Fermanagh Presseye Declan Roughan Oisin's father Nigel, looking skyward, carries the coffin out of the church The funeral took place yesterday of Oisin McGrath (15 September 2001 - 12 February 2015) who died following an incident at his school, St Michael's College Enniskillen.

Oisin Mc Grath Funeral - St Patrick's Chruch - Holywell, Co Fermanagh
Presseye Declan Roughan

The funeral took place yesterday of Oisin McGrath (15 September 2001 - 12 February 2015) who died following an incident at his school, St Michael's College Enniskillen.

Oisin Mc Grath Funeral - St Patrick's Chruch - Holywell, Co Fermanagh Presseye Declan Roughan The funeral took place yesterday of Oisin McGrath (15 September 2001 - 12 February 2015) who died following an incident at his school, St Michael's College Enniskillen.

Oisin Mc Grath Funeral - St Patrick's Chruch - Holywell, Co Fermanagh
Presseye Declan Roughan

The funeral took place yesterday of Oisin McGrath (15 September 2001 - 12 February 2015) who died following an incident at his school, St Michael's College Enniskillen.

Oisin Mc Grath Funeral - St Patrick's Chruch - Holywell, Co Fermanagh Presseye Declan Roughan The funeral took place yesterday of Oisin McGrath (15 September 2001 - 12 February 2015) who died following an incident at his school, St Michael's College Enniskillen.

Oisin Mc Grath Funeral - St Patrick's Chruch - Holywell, Co Fermanagh
Presseye Declan Roughan

The funeral took place yesterday of Oisin McGrath (15 September 2001 - 12 February 2015) who died following an incident at his school, St Michael's College Enniskillen.

Oisin Mc Grath Funeral - St Patrick's Chruch - Holywell, Co Fermanagh Presseye Declan Roughan The funeral took place yesterday of Oisin McGrath (15 September 2001 - 12 February 2015) who died following an incident at his school, St Michael's College Enniskillen.

Oisin Mc Grath Funeral - St Patrick's Chruch - Holywell, Co Fermanagh
Presseye Declan Roughan

The funeral took place yesterday of Oisin McGrath (15 September 2001 - 12 February 2015) who died following an incident at his school, St Michael's College Enniskillen.

Oisin Mc Grath Funeral - St Patrick's Chruch - Holywell, Co Fermanagh Presseye Declan Roughan The funeral took place yesterday of Oisin McGrath (15 September 2001 - 12 February 2015) who died following an incident at his school, St Michael's College Enniskillen.

Oisin Mc Grath Funeral - St Patrick's Chruch - Holywell, Co Fermanagh
Presseye Declan Roughan

The funeral took place yesterday of Oisin McGrath (15 September 2001 - 12 February 2015) who died following an incident at his school, St Michael's College Enniskillen.

Oisin Mc Grath Funeral - St Patrick's Chruch - Holywell, Co Fermanagh Presseye Declan Roughan The funeral took place yesterday of Oisin McGrath (15 September 2001 - 12 February 2015) who died following an incident at his school, St Michael's College Enniskillen.

Oisin Mc Grath Funeral - St Patrick's Chruch - Holywell, Co Fermanagh
Presseye Declan Roughan

The funeral took place yesterday of Oisin McGrath (15 September 2001 - 12 February 2015) who died following an incident at his school, St Michael's College Enniskillen.

Oisin Mc Grath Funeral - St Patrick's Chruch - Holywell, Co Fermanagh Presseye Declan Roughan The funeral took place yesterday of Oisin McGrath (15 September 2001 - 12 February 2015) who died following an incident at his school, St Michael's College Enniskillen.

Oisin Mc Grath Funeral - St Patrick's Chruch - Holywell, Co Fermanagh
Presseye Declan Roughan

The funeral took place yesterday of Oisin McGrath (15 September 2001 - 12 February 2015) who died following an incident at his school, St Michael's College Enniskillen.

Oisin Mc Grath Funeral - St Patrick's Chruch - Holywell, Co Fermanagh Presseye Declan Roughan The funeral took place yesterday of Oisin McGrath (15 September 2001 - 12 February 2015) who died following an incident at his school, St Michael's College Enniskillen.

Oisin Mc Grath Funeral - St Patrick's Chruch - Holywell, Co Fermanagh
Presseye Declan Roughan

Oisin's father Nigel, centre picture, carries the coffin out of the church

The funeral took place yesterday of Oisin McGrath (15 September 2001 - 12 February 2015) who died following an incident at his school, St Michael's College Enniskillen.

Oisin Mc Grath Funeral - St Patrick's Chruch - Holywell, Co Fermanagh Presseye Declan Roughan Oisin's father Nigel, centre picture, carries the coffin out of the church The funeral took place yesterday of Oisin McGrath (15 September 2001 - 12 February 2015) who died following an incident at his school, St Michael's College Enniskillen.

Oisin Mc Grath Funeral - St Patrick's Chruch - Holywell, Co Fermanagh
Presseye Declan Roughan

The funeral took place yesterday of Oisin McGrath (15 September 2001 - 12 February 2015) who died following an incident at his school, St Michael's College Enniskillen.

Oisin Mc Grath Funeral - St Patrick's Chruch - Holywell, Co Fermanagh Presseye Declan Roughan The funeral took place yesterday of Oisin McGrath (15 September 2001 - 12 February 2015) who died following an incident at his school, St Michael's College Enniskillen.

Oisin Mc Grath Funeral - St Patrick's Chruch - Holywell, Co Fermanagh
Presseye Declan Roughan

The funeral took place yesterday of Oisin McGrath (15 September 2001 - 12 February 2015) who died following an incident at his school, St Michael's College Enniskillen.

Oisin Mc Grath Funeral - St Patrick's Chruch - Holywell, Co Fermanagh Presseye Declan Roughan The funeral took place yesterday of Oisin McGrath (15 September 2001 - 12 February 2015) who died following an incident at his school, St Michael's College Enniskillen.

Oisin Mc Grath Funeral - St Patrick's Chruch - Holywell, Co Fermanagh
Presseye Declan Roughan

Oisin's father Nigel (centre picture, facing)

The funeral took place yesterday of Oisin McGrath (15 September 2001 - 12 February 2015) who died following an incident at his school, St Michael's College Enniskillen.

Oisin Mc Grath Funeral - St Patrick's Chruch - Holywell, Co Fermanagh Presseye Declan Roughan Oisin's father Nigel (centre picture, facing) The funeral took place yesterday of Oisin McGrath (15 September 2001 - 12 February 2015) who died following an incident at his school, St Michael's College Enniskillen.

Oisin Mc Grath Funeral - St Patrick's Chruch - Holywell, Co Fermanagh
Presseye Declan Roughan

(L-R) Oisin's sisters Ciana and Ciarenn and his mother Sharon and father Nigel  arrive at St Patrick's Church

The funeral took place yesterday of Oisin McGrath (15 September 2001 - 12 February 2015) who died following an incident at his school, St Michael's College Enniskillen.

Oisin Mc Grath Funeral - St Patrick's Chruch - Holywell, Co Fermanagh Presseye Declan Roughan (L-R) Oisin's sisters Ciana and Ciarenn and his mother Sharon and father Nigel arrive at St Patrick's Church The funeral took place yesterday of Oisin McGrath (15 September 2001 - 12 February 2015) who died following an incident at his school, St Michael's College Enniskillen.

Oisin Mc Grath Funeral - St Patrick's Chruch - Holywell, Co Fermanagh
Presseye Declan Roughan

The funeral took place yesterday of Oisin McGrath (15 September 2001 - 12 February 2015) who died following an incident at his school, St Michael's College Enniskillen.

Oisin Mc Grath Funeral - St Patrick's Chruch - Holywell, Co Fermanagh Presseye Declan Roughan The funeral took place yesterday of Oisin McGrath (15 September 2001 - 12 February 2015) who died following an incident at his school, St Michael's College Enniskillen.

Oisin Mc Grath Funeral - St Patrick's Chruch - Holywell, Co Fermanagh
Presseye Declan Roughan

The funeral took place yesterday of Oisin McGrath (15 September 2001 - 12 February 2015) who died following an incident at his school, St Michael's College Enniskillen.

Oisin Mc Grath Funeral - St Patrick's Chruch - Holywell, Co Fermanagh Presseye Declan Roughan The funeral took place yesterday of Oisin McGrath (15 September 2001 - 12 February 2015) who died following an incident at his school, St Michael's College Enniskillen.

Oisin Mc Grath Funeral - St Patrick's Chruch - Holywell, Co Fermanagh
Presseye Declan Roughan

The funeral took place yesterday of Oisin McGrath (15 September 2001 - 12 February 2015) who died following an incident at his school, St Michael's College Enniskillen.

Oisin Mc Grath Funeral - St Patrick's Chruch - Holywell, Co Fermanagh Presseye Declan Roughan The funeral took place yesterday of Oisin McGrath (15 September 2001 - 12 February 2015) who died following an incident at his school, St Michael's College Enniskillen.

Oisin Mc Grath Funeral - St Patrick's Chruch - Holywell, Co Fermanagh
Presseye Declan Roughan

The funeral took place yesterday of Oisin McGrath (15 September 2001 - 12 February 2015) who died following an incident at his school, St Michael's College Enniskillen.

Oisin Mc Grath Funeral - St Patrick's Chruch - Holywell, Co Fermanagh Presseye Declan Roughan The funeral took place yesterday of Oisin McGrath (15 September 2001 - 12 February 2015) who died following an incident at his school, St Michael's College Enniskillen.

Oisin Mc Grath Funeral - St Patrick's Chruch - Holywell, Co Fermanagh
Presseye Declan Roughan

The funeral took place yesterday of Oisin McGrath (15 September 2001 - 12 February 2015) who died following an incident at his school, St Michael's College Enniskillen.

Oisin Mc Grath Funeral - St Patrick's Chruch - Holywell, Co Fermanagh Presseye Declan Roughan The funeral took place yesterday of Oisin McGrath (15 September 2001 - 12 February 2015) who died following an incident at his school, St Michael's College Enniskillen.

Oisin Mc Grath Funeral - St Patrick's Chruch - Holywell, Co Fermanagh
Presseye Declan Roughan

The funeral took place yesterday of Oisin McGrath (15 September 2001 - 12 February 2015) who died following an incident at his school, St Michael's College Enniskillen.

Oisin Mc Grath Funeral - St Patrick's Chruch - Holywell, Co Fermanagh Presseye Declan Roughan The funeral took place yesterday of Oisin McGrath (15 September 2001 - 12 February 2015) who died following an incident at his school, St Michael's College Enniskillen.

The funeral of Belcoo schoolboy Oisin McGrath has taken place in County Fermanagh. Oisin who was 13, died in hospital on Thursday after being injured in an incident at St Michael's College, Enniskillen, on Monday afternoon. Oisin had been on a life-support machine since the incident. A 17-year-old boy, a sixth former at the school, was detained following the incident. He was later released on bail pending further inquiries. The funeral took place at St Patrick's Church in Holywell. Hundreds of schoolchildren lined the route of the funeral. Some of them wore GAA jerseys in tribute to the 13-year-old, who played Gaelic football in Belcoo.Oisin's organs are to be used to help five other people, his parish priest Fr Seamus Quinn said.

A schoolboy killed in a playground incident was forever smiling and had a bright future ahead of him, mourners at his funeral have heard.

Oisin McGrath was buried yesterday amid emotional scenes in his home village of Belcoo.

The 13-year-old passed away on Thursday, three days after sustaining a fatal head injury at his school.

Hundreds of mourners packed St Patrick's Church, where they heard a priest speak movingly of a young boy who had so much to offer.

Fr Seamus Quinn said Oisin was "a people person". "He was quiet and easy to be with, with the kind of smile that drew the best out of you, whether you were young or old," he told mourners.

Oisin had been on life support following the incident at St Michael's College in Enniskillen last Monday.

It was gradually withdrawn after doctors concluded there was no prospect of recovery.

However, in a story of hope amid the devastation, his organs have given the gift of life to five others.

Oisin's father Nigel helped carry the coffin, draped in his son's GAA and soccer jerseys, on its final journey from St Patrick's.

Earlier, schoolchildren lined the route to the chapel, some wearing GAA jerseys in tribute to the sports-mad teenager.

Officials from Belcoo GAA club and Enniskillen Athletic Football Club also helped form a guard of honour.

Mourners spilled out of the church for the emotional service, which was relayed on loudspeakers and a TV screen.

Concelebrants at the Mass were Monsignor Joseph McGuinness, chair of the board of governors of St Michael's, Canon Macartan McQuaid, chaplain to the school, and Fr Niall Martin, a native of the parish.

During his address Fr Quinn read out tributes paid by Oisin's GAA coaches.

"He was forever smiling, a big, wide, happy grin etched on his face. Well-mannered and polite," mourners were told.

Fr Quinn also read from Oisin's final report when he left St Columban's Primary School two years ago.

It referred to a "well-mannered, hard-working and polite pupil" who was "an absolute pleasure" to teach.

It added that Oisin had been a wonderful student, concluding: "I have no doubt he has a very bright future ahead of him."

Referring to the decision to donate the schoolboy's organs, Fr Quinn paid tribute to the generosity of the McGrath family.

"Because of their incredibly selfless and faith-based decision, Oisin's falling on the ground and dying like the grain of wheat has brought life to five other human beings," he added.

"So before Oisin has barely arrived in Eternity, his life and death in our realm has borne incredible fruit.

"It is surely a concrete, real life parable for every one of us in how people's greatness and selflessness can bring, not just quality of life and healing to so many others, but even the very gift of life itself."

Addressing Oisin's parents directly, Fr Quinn said he understood they were crushed by the enormity of their loss.

He told them: "Your young saint, Oisin, who never did anything bad or evil in his life, but consistently did everything he could to show gentle love to those around him, will be with you to accompany you in the time to come."

After the service Oisin was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.

A police investigation is ongoing into the incident at the school.

It is understood the incident occurred during a lunchtime game of football when a water bottle may have been thrown.

A 17-year-old sixth-form pupil, who was arrested by police on suspicion of assault, is on police bail.

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