Irish dad pays tribute to young soccer star who died after going to hospital with fever
An Irish dad has paid to tribute to his soccer star son who passed away after going to hospital with a fever.
Aaron O'Kelly's heartbroken father Paul has asked people to wear a bit of red to his funeral because it was his favourite colour.
On Saturday, the 12-year-old collapsed at his home and rushed to Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin where he passed away.
Aaron was a talented goalkeeper with his local Ardmore Rovers club, where his proud father is a coach.
His father released a statement through the club on behalf of Aaron's mum Sharon as well as his sister Eleanor and brother Robert.
Paul Kelly said: "We have received great comfort from the messages of support that have come from Aaronâs team mates, th eir families and the wider Ardmore Rovers family.
"Playing for his team and representing his club was a huge part of his short life and an incredible source of happiness for him.
"We would like the funeral to celebrate Aaronâs life and would ask people to wear splashes of Red which was Aaronâs favorite colour.
"Ardmore jerseys will be a welcome sight.
"While we are broken we realise that the gift we had having Aaron in our life for such a short period outweighs the pain we now feel.
"Thank you all for your support."
The funeral is being arranged and will be published on RIP.ie says Paul Kelly.
Ardmore Rovers also paid tribute to young Aaron.
They said: "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 league before Christmas as well as picking up the Player of the Year award in the same season," said the club.
"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 its condolences to the O'Kelly family at this very sad time."
The FAI offered their condolences, they said: "The thoughts and prayers from members of the Football Family are with Aaron's family and friends at this difficult time.
"We will remember Aaron at our next home Republic of Ireland men's senior international."
Dublin club St Francis FC, also paid tribute to the talented youngster, writing: "Our thoughts today are with the fami ly, friends, teammates and coaches of Aaron OâKelly of Ardmore Rovers.
"Aaron tragically passed away shortly after a match yesterday. May he rest in peace".
Bray Emmets FC also shared a Facebook post which read: "It is with great sadness the club have learned of the passing of Aaron O'Kelly, age 12.
"Aaron spent some time with us in Bray in our academy. Bray Emmets club and its members would like to send condolences to the OâKelly family at this very sad time".Source: Google News