More than one thousand mourners in Donegal Town paid silent tribute at the weekend to four-year-old Daniel Cleary, who was buried amidst emotional and tearful scenes at Clar cemetery, following Funeral Mass at St. Patrick’s Church, Donegal Town on Sunday.
Young Daniel died in tragic circumstances on Thursday last after a steel door became detached from a shipping container and fell on him in a yard close to his home at Drumbar, where his family run a haulage business. He died at the scene.
Daniel’s parents, Keith and Patricia, led mourners at the Funeral Mass in an overflowing Church, where his maternal grandparents, Patrick and Mary Gildea, are sacristans.
Parish priest Fr Willie Peoples summed up the emotional day for the devasteted family and the wider heartbroken community:
“It is a devastating and sad experience when a little child dies. It is inconsolable and one of those things that maybe we will never understand. It is not an experience I have dealt with often - you witness a deep sadness, shed tears only a child’s passing can evoke - tears of loneliness.
“Daniel was a kind, caring and loving child with that ever present glint in his eye. He was always doing something and was happiest in his wellies and jeans always looking to satisfy his natural curiosity.
“The words that we will all associate most with him are ‘What will we do now?” - he was a busy bee and wanted to be in charge,”
A deeply moving rendition of ‘Danny Boy’ was sung, as his remains were brought from the Church. He was later buried at Clar cemetery.
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