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Doves and balloons released to mark funeral for Sean Hamilton (12) in Belfast

Doves and balloons are released for the funeral of Sean Hamilton in Belfast on Saturday
Doves and balloons are released for the funeral of Sean Hamilton in Belfast on Saturday
Sean Hamilton

By Christopher Woodhouse

Tragic Sean "Seanboy" Hamilton "truly left his mark" on those who knew him, his funeral was told at the weekend.

The service for the 12-year-old took place in Belfast on Saturday following his death last Sunday at a Dublin hospital.

Seanboy suffered a fatal heart attack at Our Lady's Children's Hospital where he had undergone an operation.

Around 200 mourners, many wearing the green and white of his beloved St Patrick's Football Club, gathered for his requiem mass at St Patrick's Church in north Belfast.

Before the service, doves bearing a green mark were released in front of tearful relatives from outside his family home, just yards from St Patrick's. As his coffin draped in the club's flag was taken from the home, See You Again by American hip hop artist Wiz Khalifa was played.

Fr Eugene O'Neill told the congregation: "I can only imagine for any parent, this must be their nightmare, to bury your child; no matter what age your child is, they will always be your child.

"When I spoke with the family yesterday evening, it was lovely to hear the type of person Seanboy was." After cremation at Roselawn, an event to celebrate his life was held at Girdwood Community Hub near Sean's home.

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