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Bike tragedy boy due back at school

An eight-year-old boy killed in a freak bike accident was due to start back at school.

Roan Harrington died from suspected internal chest injuries when he fell from his bike near his west Cork home on Sunday.

The youngster, of Ballydonegan near Allihies in Beara, was set to begin second class at Cahermore National School.

Instead classmates said prayers for their friend, who was described as a happy little boy who loved the outdoors.

His devastated mother Margaret Harrington, father Sesso Villanueva and brothers Euan, 12 and Oran, 10, are being comforted by family and friends.

Padraig O'Sullivan, Roan's principal, the three brothers were also good friends who always played together outside school.

"Roan was a lovely boy," said Mr O'Sullivan.

"A very popular boy and a happy child. He will be missed by his friends because Ronan played with everybody. He was a lovely lad.

"He loved the outdoors, fishing, nature and animals. He was a real boy."

Mr O'Sullivan said it was a difficult day for staff and the school's 62 young pupils.

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