HEARTS around the globe are grieving for Will Murdoch.
Families from across Ireland lit candles in their homes and prayed for the 12-year-old Gilroy Santa Maria student, who was laid to rest this week.
Will’s great great grandparents came from Ireland, and connections to the Emerald Isle remain strong.
The great Abergowrie poet Dan Sheahan, who is Will’s great great grandfather, came to Australia in 1905 and became a cane farmer in the Herbert River Valley, starting a tradition that now spans five generations.
Will was raised in a family home that overlooks the Herbert River. He had his own horse, a pony and even his own mini bull riding ring.
The charismatic youngster would regularly muster up bulls and guide them to his arena before riding them one after the other.
He won numerous junior rodeo titles and his rapport with animals was a natural as it was with people.
Will’s greatgrandmother Josie Sheahan, who served Hinchinbrook for many decades, was originally from Spain.
Masses have been said for Will and his family and friends in both southern and northern Europe.
Sinead Ryan said: ‘A light for Will from our homes in Ireland. Our heartfelt sympathies to you all. You are and will remain in our thoughts.
‘Ar dheis Dé go raibh anam dílis (Gaelic for May his soul be at the right hand of God)’.
Will’s grandfather, Peter Sheahan, said: ‘Thank you to our beautiful Irish family’.
His great auntie Kerry, who read the eulogy at his funeral, said: ‘Go raibh maith agat’, which is a form of thanks in Gaelic, the traditional language of Ireland.
Karen Venables, who owns JK’s Deli in Ingham, added: ‘This is so so so wonderful all the way from Ireland. I can feel the love and strength towards you all in this beautiful post.
Danielle Sheahan wrote: ‘This is so special,’ and Wendy Coad said: ‘How incredibly special Sinead. This would mean so much to the whole family. Beautiful.’
Candles were lit and messages of condolence were sent from the following families:
Colm and Sinéad Ryan, Clare.
Kathleen and John Russell, Tipperary.
Jean Russell and Chris O’Gorman, Waterford.
Emma Russell ChinaDavid & Roisin Russell, Tipperary.
Neil and Monette Russell, Tipperary.
PJ and Mary Ryan, Tipperary.
Charlie and Ann Ryan, Tipperary.
Josie Ryan and Ruairi Doyle, Tipperary.
Ailish and Pat Redfern, Kildare.
Colleen Redfern and Olly, Kildare.
Con and Maura Ryan, Limerick,
Patrick and Maggie Ryan, Limerick.
JC and Louise Ryan, Dublin.
Carmel and Pat Mullins, Cork.
Charles and Maura Bailey, Tipperary.
Charles and Deirdre Bailey, Limerick.
John Bailey, Limerick.
Michael and Norma Bailey, Tipperary.
Donal and Margaret Bailey, Waterford.
Alice and David Thomas, Kildare.
May and Mossie Moriarty, Cork.
Michael and Margaret Sheehan, Kerry.