Guard of honour at Garrison funeral of Ryan McGovern

Ryan McGovern was a keen member of Garrison Amateur Boxing Club and St Mary's Devenish GAA club
Ryan McGovern was a keen member of Garrison Amateur Boxing Club and St Mary's Devenish GAA club

More than 1,000 mourners have attended the funeral for seven-year-old Ryan McGovern who died in a road tragedy on Sunday.

The Primary Three pupil at St Martin’s Primary in Garrison, Co Fermanagh, had been on foot when he was involved in a collision with a vehicle near his home on the Lattone Road, roughly halfway between the border villages of Garrison and Belcoo, on Sunday.

He died later in hospital.

His 11am funeral Mass was held on Wednesday at Mary Queen of Peace Church in Garrison.

The youngster was said to be sports mad, and was a keen member of Garrison Amateur Boxing Club and St Mary’s Devenish GAA club.

Very Rev Canon Patrick Lonergan, from the parish of Belleek and Garrison and who attended the funeral, said he had “baptised Ryan and even married his mother and father”.

Speaking to the News Letter he said: “The funeral started at 11am and now at 3pm there are still people there sympathising with his family – after four hours.

“The church (which holds 600) was completely packed an hour before it started and the school was wired up for sound as well.

“Lots of people were in the school as well, and there was a big crowd outside the church.”

Canon Lonergan said the loss of Ryan was “devastating”, adding he had “never seen anything like” his funeral.

“There was a guard of honour for him by the school, the footballers and the boxers,” he added.

“The wee lad was only seven but he was into sport.

“It is very, very sad. They were three lovely wee boys and he was the middle one.

“He will be missed because he was a very jolly lad and he was even up on stage with Nathan Carter once. He was even very fond of him.”

Ryan will be sorely missed by his parents – Michelle and Donal – and his two brothers Daniel and Ben.