Sadness at passing of brave little Conor

Ballycastle youngster, Conor McIlroy, has lost his brave battle against cancer.

The 11-year-old passed away at his home at Leyland Crescent last Tuesday causing widespread regret in the local community.

The eldest son of Charlie and Tracy McIlroy, Conor had two brothers and two sisters, Declan, Nicole, Rachel and Michael.

The close relationship in the family was demonstrated by the loving care and attention Conor received throughout his illness.

A friend of the family, Mrs. Kathleen Blaney, wife of Councillor Seamus Blaney, told the Times: “Conor’s mother and father couldn’t have done more for their son. They saw to his every needs.”

Mrs. Blaney added: “Conor was a great wee battler and never once complained about his illness. He never lay down to it and was always very bright and cheerful. There was no self pity and even after he received treatment, he was out playing on his bicycle.

“He was a very good child and a very brave one at that.”

Conor enjoyed popular support within his community and in 2011 he had the honour of switching on the Christmas lights in Ballycastle. He also enjoyed a trip to Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United, to act as a mascot something which filled him with pride.

The funeral took place on Friday to St. Patrick’s and St. Brigid’s Church.

Much sympathy is extended to the family and family circle on the death of someone who left a lasting legacy.

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