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13th Oct 2022

Son of Creeslough victim tells mourners to “be grateful”

Kat O'Connor

“Be grateful for your life”

The 12-year-old son of Creeslough victim James O’Flathery has been praised for bravely speaking at his father’s funeral yesterday.

Hamish lost his father in the Creeslough petrol station explosion on October 7th but found the strength to speak during the mass.

The 12-year-old reminded mourners about how valuable life truly is.

He urged them to make the most of the short time we have.

Hamish was in his father’s car at the time of the tragic explosion. The public has praised the young boy for finding not only the strength, but the heart to speak on such a devastating day.

Hamish told the congregation;

“I am grateful for all the people who have come here today. I would just like to say a few words about my dad.

Hamish remembered his dad as a “great man” who “worked very hard each day”.

“I would like to say thank you to all of the people who have given and offered so many things.

“The emergency services too, who were there within 15 minutes and also came to the wake,” he continued.

“I would also like to say something I have learnt in the past week or so. We should be grateful. For your families, cherish them, be grateful for they won’t be there forever. Use the time you have wisely.

“Also, be grateful for your life because that too will not last forever.

“Be grateful, for you will be able to rest after your hard work.”