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Prayer vigils held in south Armagh and Co Louth for young boy seriously ill in hospital

Odhran Coburn Hearty from Dundalk

PRAYER vigils have been held in south Armagh and Co Louth for a young boy seriously ill in hospital.

Odhran Coburn from Dundalk is understood to have taken ill while attending a concert on June 28.

Messages of support have been pouring in for the schoolboy with appeals for prayers for him and his family.

In a show of support, members of Silverbridge Gaelic Football Club came together on Wednesday night as Odhran is a grandson of the late Kevin Hearty, a former stalwart of the club.

In a post on social media, Silverbridge GFC said their prayer vigil at the club was "to pray for Odhran’s recovery as he continues to fight for his life in hospital".

A candlelit vigil was also held at Market Square in Dundalk last week, which saw a large crowd gather in support of the schoolboy, who plays football for the Sean O'Mahony’s GFC, Dundalk.

Odhran’s mum Grainne posted a message of thanks to those who had attended the show of solidarity for the Coburn and Hearty families in the Co Louth town.

"I managed to see all the support at the square this evening," she wrote on Facebook.

"From the bottom of my heart words cannot express how this touched myself and Alan, Odhran's dad.

"We were watching from the hospital with tears streaming down our faces.

"Thank you so much to the people of Dundalk and the surrounding areas for your love and support during this tough time."

A fundraising page has also been established in support of the family to help them through "this tough time".

The page, set up Bay Estate neighbourhood watch group, said: "Odhran has been in hospital since Friday 28th June, he went off to enjoy a concert with his friends and things took a tragic turn.

"Since then he has been critical in hospital and fighting for his life every day.

"Odhran needs everyone's prayers at this time. We would appreciate any support you can give to this family."

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