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Tributes to playground death boy


Oisin McGrath was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast

Oisin McGrath was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast

Oisin McGrath was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast

Teachers and fellow pupils of a teenage boy who died after he was injured during a playground incident have said they are profoundly saddened.

Oisin McGrath, 13, was a pupil at St Michael's College in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, and was hurt while playing football during his lunch break on Monday. He died on Thursday and his parish priest said his organs were donated to help five people.

A 17-year-old boy was arrested and later bailed pending further police inquiries into what happened.

Chairman of the board of governors at St Michael's, Monsignor Joseph McGuinness, said: "The entire school community is deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of Oisin, a Year 9 student.

"Oisin was a very bright and talented student with a great love of sport."

The keen Gaelic footballer from the village of Belcoo in Fermanagh on Northern Ireland's western border with the Republic of Ireland was treated in the Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH) in Belfast.

St Michael's is a Catholic boys' grammar school with 700 pupils.

Monsignor McGuinness added: "Oisin was a lively, out-going boy who was very popular with both staff and students and they have been profoundly saddened by his death."

The school has been providing counselling and support.

The cleric added: "Our hearts go out to Oisin's parents Nigel and Sharon, his sisters, grandparents and wider family circle. They are foremost in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time."

He represented the school as part of its Gaelic team and was a key player for his GAA club, Belcoo. He also played soccer for Enniskillen Athletic and was a leading member of St Michaels' Ulster School's competition-winning cross-country squad.

His funeral will take place in Belcoo on Sunday.