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Wednesday 23 October 2019

Brave Cain (6) had a smile that could 'light up a room'

CAIN PASSED AWAY FOLLOWING LONG ILLNESS

FINTAN LAMBE

'IT SEEMED like he smiled right from the start, a smile that could light up a room.'

Heartbroken Emma Tighe from Monagreany Upper, Monamolin, spoke lovingly last Friday at the funeral of her beloved son Cain, who passed away last Monday, October 17, at the young age of six years and eleven months, following a long illness.

St. Moling's Church, Ballycanew, was packed to overflowing on Friday morning, for a Service of Thanksgiving which was attended by family, friends, and many of Cain's young school pals from Gaelscoil Mhoshíológ Guaire.

'We come to do the near impossible, to support Emma and Brian and their children Aine and Jacob, as they come to do what no parent should have to do,' said Fr. Thomas Orr, passing on the sympathies of everyone in the local community to Cain's family.

'Life is a fragile gift we have been given, that can be taken away all too quickly, and we give thanks for his short life,' he added.

He recalled how Cain's life was filled with a lot of fun, and a lot of caring, and he gave thanks for all the good times and fond memories. He had particular words of comfort for Cain's young school companions, many of whom sang and played music for the service.

Cain's mother Emma brought tears to the eyes of many of those present, as she remembered her son. 'I loved the way you'd give me a kiss. You'd cup my face in your lovely hands, and then you'd kiss each cheek, and then my forehead, and say you'd take care of me,' she said.

She recalled how he used to love stories, but not from books – stories that were told to him, stories full of superheroes, in which he saved the day.

Cain always thought of others, she said, and especially loved his cousins, his grandparents, and great-grandfather, and aunts and uncles. He loved his school friends, and especially his big sister Aine, and little brother Jacob.

She finished with Cain's favourite saying, to a huge round of applause. 'In the words of Cain, "I love you millions and billions to the moon and back. Sweet dreams and big kisses."'

Cain's grandfather Ger Gibney also paid tribute to his grandson, in a piece read by his brother Pat. He recalled Cain's smile ' that would melt granite,' and his 'pair of brown eyes that could melt hearts.' 'He loved everybody he met in life,' he said, adding that he had a great vocabulary, and understood everything, including his illness.

'He met everybody with a huge and a smile that said it all,' he said. 'We're privileged to have had Cain in all our lives. You'll always be missed but never forgotten.'

Following the funeral, his mother Emma said Cain was loved by all his family and friends. 'He will forever and always be in our hearts,' she said. 'We will miss his smile and character dearly. He'll never be forgotten.'

The family thanked all who came to the house and church to pay their respects. They particularly thanked family and friends for their help and support, Fr. Orr, Hilda and staff at St. Gabriel's Ward, Wexford General Hospital, and Aidan and John Murphy.

A special go raibh maith agaibh was sent to all of Cain's friends and the choir at Gaelscoil Mhoshíológ.

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