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Thursday 19 October 2017

Superman music fills the air in sad farewell to Gavin

Stirring musical notes of the 'Superman' theme were sounded as the coffin of four-year-old Gavin Glynn arrived at his funeral service today.

'Superhero' Gavin died earlier this week at his home after bravely fighting a rare form of cancer.

He was with his parents, Jayne and John Glynn and siblings Conor and Lucy at the time.

The little Wicklow boy captured the heart of the nation after his dedicated family reached a €350,000 fundraising target in just one week to pay for treatment for him in America.

This morning, five garda musicians with trumpets and a tuba filled the morning air at Saint Patrick's Church in Greystones, Co Wicklow with the music as the little Superman fan was carried in surrounded by mourners.

A large crowd gathered at the church entrance as the local community rallied to offer support and sympathy to the Glynn family.

Rector of Greystones Rev David Mungavin welcomed the huge congregation who said the world was standing still today as the community gave thanks for little Gavin's short but very eventful life.

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"It has been a roller coaster, a life that has inspired so many across the country and beyond, bringing community and family together," he said.

Gavin's mother Jayne read aloud a prayer during the service, which began: "If before you were born, I could have gone to heaven and saw all the beautiful souls, I still would have chosen you."

The young boy suffered from a rare cancer called Rhabdomyosarcoma, and had recently been in Crumlin Children's Hospital since returning from a specialist treatment programme at the MD Anderson Cancer Centre in Houston, Texas.

Gavin had undergone a gruelling 12-hour open surgery on July 9 to remove two tumours from his pelvis and had begun chemotherapy.

But in September the alarm was raised when he complained of stomach pains as he was about to visit Disney World in Florida, and further aggressive tumor growth was then discovered.

During the massive fundraising drive the Greystones community pulled out all the stops, with schoolchildren selling loom bands in his favourite Superman colours.

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