Mourners told that young Daniel always had a glint in his eye

Mourners were told today that a four-year-old boy crushed beneath a thick steel door always had a happy glint in his eye.

About 1,200 grieved with Daniel Cleary’s parents Keith and Patricia at the funeral Mass in St Patrick’s Church, Donegal Town.

A moving solo of Danny Boy, was sung as the remains were carried out of the church to be buried two kilometres away in Clar cemetery.

Earlier parish priest Fr Willie Peoples, in a moving tribute to Daniel – who had just one brother two-year-old David – recalled how he always had a smile and a lovely glint in his eye.

The child loved playing in his wellies and jeans and every day his favourite saying was ‘what will we do now.’

Daniel, who would have been five in August and due to start school this year, died on Thursday evening when a six-foot high thick steel door separated from a shipping container and crushed him in a yard close to his home at Drumbar, near Donegal town, where his father ran a haulage business.

Gardai said the only investigation was an inquiry for a coroner’s inquest. Supt Jim Coen said it was an unbelievably freak accident.

A number of local politicians were at the funeral, as well as representatives of the GAA. Daniel’s maternal grandfather, Patrick Gildea, was President of the Four Masters club in Donegal town.