“DADDY please don’t look so sad, Mammy please don’t cry because I’m in the arms of Jesus and he sings me lullabies.”
These words were at the start and finish of an emotional poem read out at the end of the funeral Mass of six-year-old Anthony Fitzgerald on Saturday morning.
The youngster was hit by a car while playing close to his home in Ros Fearna, Murroe, on Wednesday evening.
In St John’s Cathedral, his small white coffin was surrounded by floral tributes including a blue and white heart with a picture of Anthony at the centre.
And Anthony was at the centre of life for his mum and dad, Camie and Anthony, brothers William and Johnny, sisters Nora, Kathleen and Caroline, said Fr Sean Harmon.
“It is such a sad and tragic accident and everyone here this morning sympathises with you. Life prepares us for many things but it can never prepare us for the sorrow and the inconsolable grief we feel at the death of a child. For parents, Camie and Anthony, it is not in the natural order of life that a child will part this life before its loving and caring parents,” said Fr Harmon.
Symbols of Anthony’s life were brought to the altar including a picture of the schoolboy at Killinure NS with his “striking red hair”; a schoolbook; a memory book and a pair of wellingtons.
“All symbols of the joy of his life,” said Fr Harmon, who added “we know that God is taking care of him in the peace of heaven”.
The Fitzgerald family extended their sincere and heartfelt thanks for the wonderful support from neighbours, relatives and friends since last Wednesday’s tragic accident and also expressed their gratitude to the gardai and medical personnel.