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08th Jan 2018

Tributes paid to ‘popular and friendly’ Irish boy who passed away suddenly

"He was a wonderful young man who has left this world far too soon."

Keeley Ryan

Tributes have been paid to a “popular and friendly” 12-year-old Irish boy who passed away suddenly over the weekend.

Aaron O’Kelly suddenly fell ill at his family home in Bray, Co Wicklow over the weekend. He was rushed to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin, but tragically passed away.

The Ardmore Rovers Football Club, where Aaron was a goalkeeper, paid tribute to the “popular and friendly” young boy.

They said in a statement:

“Ardmore Rovers Football Club is greatly saddened by the news of the passing of one of its young footballers, Aaron O’Kelly, aged 12.

“Aaron epitomised the spirit of the club and he was a very popular and friendly figure in his team.

“As goalkeeper, he helped his Under 12 team win its DDSL (Dublin and District Schoolboys League) before Christmas, as well as picking up the Player of the Year award in the same season.

“His dad Paul, has managed Aaron’s team for several years and is a valued member of our club.

“Ardmore Rovers and all its members would like to send condolences to the O’Kelly family at this very sad time.”

Conan Naofa, Aaron’s former primary school, also expressed their condolences to his family and friends.

They wrote on Facebook:

“We are heartbroken to hear of the sudden passing of Aaron O’Kelly, one of our past pupils who left our school at the end of last June.

“He was a wonderful young man who has left this world far too soon.

“All of our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time. May he rest in peace.”