TRIBUTES have been paid to a “fun loving, mischievous and enthusiastic” young Limerick boy, who died after falling into the sea in Clare a week ago.
The funeral of Aaron O’Flaherty, aged nine, from the Childers Road, is due to take place today in Our Lady Help of Christians, Milford, Castletroy.
Aaron had been in a critical condition in hospital for four days after being rescued from the sea, when he fell into the water at a popular fishing spot near the lighthouse at Blackhead in Ballyvaughan at about 9pm on May 4. The Irish Coast Guard was on the scene within minutes, while the search and rescue helicopter and lifeboats were also dispatched. The boy was found unconscious approximately 500m off-shore.
Kathryn O’Mahony, principal of Milford National School, said the whole school community is shocked and deeply saddened by the loss of their beloved pupil.
“He was a very bright student and a high achiever. Aaron was a real character – fun loving, mischievous and enthusiastic about everything. He loved art, swimming and writing stories. Aaron’s loss is greatly felt by the entire school community, particularly by his classmates, classroom assistant, and teacher.
“We have been in contact with his family and they have requested that we all understand their need for privacy at this difficult time. Offers of support have been pouring in and are greatly appreciated.”
Ms O’Mahony said the school’s critical incident teams have been supporting and advising teachers in their efforts to assist students at this time. A book of condolence and remembrance table have been arranged in front of their reception, while a remembrance service was also held for Aaron in Our Lady Help of Christians Church on Friday last.