A guard of honour from Scoil Mhuire lined the main street in Clane while mourners filled the Church of St Patrick and St Brigid on Tuesday morning to pay their respects to “a young man of many talents” whose “face would light up a room”.
Adam Keenan Byrne (14) died in a tragic accident while playing in the River Liffey with friends on Saturday, May 1 at Moat Commons near his home in Clane.
Parish Priest Fr Paul O’Boyle paid tribute to a young man who was passionate about music and who loved to sing
“The events of last Saturday evening by the banks of the River Liffey have shocked and saddened so many people in our community,” he said.
“I’m sure every parent and grandparent feel deeply for his mother Sandra and his father Keith, his older brother Daniel and his younger sister Megan who will make her holy communion this month- words are very difficult to come by but we are all with you here today. It is a reminder of how fragile life is - a young man with many talents - his passion was music and he loved to sing. He sung ‘Strairway to Heaven’ on his facebook page - little did he know that he would be travelling that way so soon. His face would light up a room - he was a lovely child, a happy chap.”
In an emotional and powerful tribute to Adam, his music teacher, Maria Butterly from the Clane Academy of Music, sang a song penned by the young man himself called ‘You will never break him.’ There was a huge round of applause in the church afterwards and Adam’s parents, Sandra and Keith, both got up from their seats to hug the music teacher in gratitude. The music was provided by the choir from Scoil Mhuire.
Fr Paul O’Boyle said Adam would want “our young people to live life to the full, to be careful and never be afraid to tell others how you feel - take support and ask for it.
“We remember the young people with him last Saturday - it has affected them deeply and many more tears will be shed in the future,” he said. “We remember Sgt Paul O’Reilly, his colleagues and the members of the emergency services who did what they could. There is hope - Adam is now with God and one day we will see him again. Death is not the final part of this young man’s story. We thank you for your short life. We remember Adam with great love and appreciation - we remember his gifts and talents and the light he brought into so many lives,” Fr O’Boyle said
Afterwards, removal took place to Newlands Cross Crematorium for cremation.