Tributes have been paid to Lougbrickland girl Darcy Coyle, who sadly passed away last week following a long battle with a rare illness.
Darcy’s mother Janet, who spoke after the funeral at Loughbrickland Presbyterian Church, spoke of the “happy child” who was “always smiling and laughed a lot.”
Doctors had predicted that Darcy, who suffered from Neonatal Adrenoleukodystrophy (NALD), a rare and incurable genetic condition, would not reach her tenth birthday.
However, she proved to be a determined little girl, who was twelve years and five months when she passed away at Daisy Hill Hospital in the company of her parents last Tuesday (October 29).
Darcy, who was a pupil at Donard School in Banbridge, was said to have brought untold joy to her mum Janet, dad Darrin, sister Jade and brother Josh.
A grand-daughter of Glentoran FC’s director of football Roy Coyle, the Loughbrickland child had spent her last day at Daisy Hill Hospital.
Speaking after her funeral at Loughbrickland Presbyterian Church, followed by burial in the New Cemetery in Banbridge, Darcy’s mum Janet said they are heartbroken by her death.
The family had been reflecting with old photographs, remembering the more active times in her life - and a fairytale trip to Paris with Donard Special School last year.
“Those were special times,” said Janet.
“Every day we had with Darcy was a blessing.
“Back in 2006-2007 she was at her most active, shuffling along the floor and able to feed herself.
“When we look back it is evident how happy a child she was - she was always smiling and laughed a lot.”
Throughout her short years Darcy was helped by various organisations, Janet said, and she extended her thanks to all those who helped make her life what it was.
“The staff at Daisy Hill really did all they could for Darcy on Tuesday,” said Janet.
“And the Children’s Hospice have been a tremendous support to us over the years, as well as Donard School who had her doing everything.
“The Community Children’s Nursing Teams in Banbridge, Craigavon and Newry also deserve our sincere thanks,” concluded mum Janet.