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Dublin: 4 °C Wednesday 23 January, 2019

Hundreds turn out for ceremony to celebrate life of 'Wee Oscar'

Oscar Knox, known as ‘Wee Oscar’, died aged five this week after a long battle with an aggressive form of cancer.

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A CEREMONY IS being held this morning in memory of ‘Wee Oscar’, Oscar Knox — the little boy from Belfast who died this week after a long battle with  an aggressive form of cancer.

Oscar, who was five, died on Thursday after a two-and-a-half year battle with neuroblastoma.

His family launched a campaign during his illness to raise awareness of the condition, and the #FEARLESS Oscar Knox Twitter account quickly build up tens of thousands of followers.

This morning’s service has been taking place in St Bernard’s Church, Glengormley. It will be followed by a private cremation.

In their statement announcing his death, Oscar’s parents said he had brought them “unimaginable joy” with his smile and infectious personality.

Our little superhero achieved so much in his short life and inspired so many people throughout the world to do so many amazing things, something we are incredibly proud of.

Oscar, who was a huge Celtic fan, got to meet the team last summer when he was guest of honour at Celtic Park as the Hoops beat Cliftonville. At the time he had been given the all clear after an 18 month fight with the disease.

However his health deteriorated in the last few months and his family said he was moving to the hospice.

Related: ‘Absolutely magic’: Cancer survivor Wee Oscar, 4, takes centre stage before Celtic win>

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