Heartbreak at sudden passing of brave Sam
'He was our beautiful little boy who touched the hearts of everyone who met him. The central message of Sam's life was love. Even though he couldn't communicate verbally, he had a message of love that he gave to everybody. He had a knack of recognising people that needed more love and cheering up, and he always honed in on them.
'He was always a loving child. Regardless of the fact he had a disability, he had a very important contribution to make in this world.'
This was the moving tribute paid by the heartbroken family of Sam Murphy of Ballamon, Ferns, who died suddenly at his home on Saturday. He celebrated his eighth birthday on December 5 last.
Sam was a much loved pupil at St. Patrick's Junior School in Enniscorthy, and he loved his time there. He was remembered there as a lovely young lad, who always had a smile on his face. The family paid tribute to the care and love he was given at the school, by his bus drivers, and by all who knew him. They have also thanked all their family and friends for the love and support shown to them.
Sam was the beloved son of Harry and Amanda and youngest brother of Alannah, Elizabeth and Piaras. His father Harry is a highly regarded local farmer, while his mother Amanda is a long serving and respected staff member with Wexford County Council and serves as Town Clerk in Gorey. She is also very active in the community in Ballyduff.
Gorey District committee Councillors this week sympathised with the Murphy family on their devastating loss.
Sadly, Sam's grandfather Matt Murphy of Ballamon, Ferns, was laid to rest on January 5.
Sam will leave his home for the final time on Tuesday, January 13, at 11.15 a.m. to St. Brigid's Church, Kilrush for Mass of the Angels at 12 midday. He will be laid to rest afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only, and donations if desired are invited to go to St. Patrick's Special School and The Jack and Jill Foundation.