Heartbreaking tributes pour in as ‘popular’ boy, 11, dies at his primary school

A community is grieving after an 11-year-old boy suddenly died at his primary school on Friday.

Tributes have poured in for Cormac O’Brien after he suddenly “became unwell” at New Inn Boys National School in Co Tipperary on Friday.

Paramedics scrambled to save the boy following frantic calls just after lunchtime.

The well known lad died despite the best efforts of emergency services.

His cause of death is not yet known.

The close-knit community of Knockgraffin has been plunged into mourning following the shock death.

The Irish Mirror reports that Cormac had been a member of Cashel Rugby Club.

A statement from the Club said: “The return of Cashel RFC minis rugby is postponed until Sunday September 13th following a tragic event.”

New Inn club, Rockwell Rovers GAA, also posted their condolences online. A minute’s silence was held at the beginning of their Intermediate Football Semi-Final at 1pm on Saturday.

In a Facebook post Rockwell Rovers GAA said: “Words cannot express the shock and sadness that has passed through our parish as we hear of the untimely passing of young Cormac O’Brien from Knockgraffon.

“Cormac was a popular member of 5th class in New Inn Boys School. Rockwell Rovers Gaa Club offers it’s sincere sympathies to his parents Donal and Michelle and brothers Joey and Daniel and all the Doherty and O'Brien families.

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“As a mark of respect to the family, all juvenile matches have been cancelled and ‘a minutes silence’ will be observed at the Intermediate County football semi – final in Cahir.

"We would like to say to all parents, if they or their children need any support, the Health & Wellbeing officers in the club will provide any help and assistance needed.

“We as a club will support the school with any and every help possible. Ar dheis dé go raibh a anam dílis.”

Cormac’s devastated parents, Michelle and Donal, are being comforted by their two other sons Joey and Daniel, The Mirror reports.

In his death notice on rip.ie the family says, “Cormac will be so sadly missed by his family, aunts, uncles, his cousins and his many friends.

The family have asked that mourners donate to New Inn Boys National School in lieu of floral bouquets and wreaths.

Camp Rockwell has paid tribute to Cormac as a “superhero camper”.

The organisation wrote: “Our hearts are broken today on hearing that our superhero camper, Cormac O’Brien, has gained his Angel wings too soon.

“A beautiful little boy whom we all remember with the fondest of memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with his parents, brothers, extended family and friends.

“Dear Cormac, may you shine bright among the angels tonight.”

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