Oisin’s parents ‘taking each moment as it comes’

Oisin McGrath with his mother last summer

Oisin McGrath with his mother last summer

THE MOTHER of Belcoo teenager Oisin McGrath has spoken of how touching mementos created by the 13-year-old’s friends continue to help the devastated family deal with his death.

The St Michael’s pupil died after he was injured in a playground incident in February.
His parents Sharon and Nigel McGrath have described how Oisin’s friends are walking with them “every step of this devastating journey” and how his legacy will live on through the Oisin McGrath Foundation.


His heartbroken mother, Sharon told the Fermanagh Herald: “We are still dealing with Oisin’s death, we always will be.

“We are still in shock as a family and are taking each moment as it comes. We have a beautiful memories box created by Oisin’s friends and family to capture the essence of Oisin and his class in St Michael’s created a touching scrapbook with their memories of him also.

“The community of Belcoo, Fermanagh and further afield continue to rally round us as they have done right from the beginning. People pray for us from all faiths and we appreciate this greatly.

“We have a strong and close extended family on both sides who are an amazing support to us through their own grief.

“Our parish priest has been a truly spiritual guide. Our own friends and Oisin’s friends are walking with us every step of this devastating journey.”

The Oisin McGrath Foundation which was officially launched at Brewster Park last week.
A Match for Oisin raised over £10,000 and Mrs McGrath says the money is still coming in.

She adds that the family get some comfort knowing that his donated heart beats on and that “something positive” has come from his tragic death.


She adds: “The Foundation is in its infancy and will now be setting out a plan for future events and how best to achieve its objectives.

“He was our brief rainbow and we were so lucky and blessed to have had him but he had so much more to give. We will all forever miss that cheeky smile and the banter. His legacy will live on through the Oisin McGrath Foundation, he will never be forgotten.

“Oisin has given that little girl the gift of life and has spared her family the suffering and loss of their daughter. Oisin was very sociable and loved his many friends; he was very witty and funny and loved the banter and craic but also very loyal and trustworthy.”

“Oisin was welcomed back to Belcoo on Friday, 13th February in what was the hardest journey of our lives through a beautiful candle lit vigil that started in Enniskillen on to Letterbreen and lined the streets of Belcoo up to our home – we will never forget this outstanding show of support and love for Oisin and our family.

“The support shown at the Match for Oisin confirmed that people are still with us three months on and still supporting us and remembering Oisin, we thank them all for their kindness and love.”

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