A sense of profound sadness enveloped the Clerihan community this week at the devastating loss of seven year old Christian Flannery who died after a brave battle following an accident at his home while walking dogs five weeks ago.
Christian loved working with greyhounds at his home in Kilcock, Clerihan and he suffered an injury while walking with his dogs.
He died in Temple Street Children’s Hospital, Dublin last Wednesday surrounded by his heartbroken family.
He is a son of Paddy, who operates an ironworks business at the family premises in Clerihan, and Katriona, and sisters Eileen and Kayleigh.
Christian was passionate about his dogs and well known in greyhound and coursing circles all over the country.
He was a talented GAA player with Clerihan and loved doing Taekwondo.
The youngster was also a first class pupil at St Michael’s National School in Clerihan.
His sister Kayleigh was in fourth class and his mother Katriona worked as a secretary in the school.
Mass of the Angels took place in Clerihan last Sunday.
His friends at Clerihan national school formed a guard of honour and Christian was buried afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.
“Throughout his weeks in hospital the prayers of the whole community were with Christian and his family. He fought like a tiger,” said Fr. Ailbe O’Bric, Parish Priest.
During his stay in hospital a special mass was held in Clerihan organised by the coursing and GAA clubs.
Acting School Principal Reidin Condon said Christian was a much loved pupil at the school and the thoughts of everybody at the school were with his parents and family.