EMOTIONAL tributes have been paid to a young YouTube star from Omagh who died unexpectedly last week.
The hundreds of people who attended the funeral of 12-year-old Oisin Chesters were told that his charismatic life was “unforgettable.”
A Year Eight student at Sacred Heart College, Oisin was from the Coolnagard area of the town and sadly died on Friday.
He had left Omagh Integrated Primary School in June, was a devoted fan of comic book heroes and renowned for posting videos on his YouTube channel which has over 1,000 subscribers.
Among those who paid tribute to Oisin was former Drumragh Parish curate, Fr Dermot McGirr, who told the congregation that he had become friends with the 12-year-old due to their shared interest in fictional figures including Captain America.
“Oisin was as brave and honest as Captain America, as eager a young lad as Spiderman, as piercing and straight as Hawkeye and able to see beyond himself as Dr Strangelove,” Fr McGirr said.
“Oisin was always a hero, a marvellous young person and an undeniable fan of the marvel of the Universe. May the loving God look after his sincere and good soul and may he be with his saintly heroes in heaven.”
One of Oisin’s friends also told the congregation that he was a technically minded young man with an extraordinary understanding of video production.
“You would struggle to find another kid of Oisin’s age who showed such promise,” he said.
“I’ve no doubt that within a few years Oisin would have developed these self-taught skills into a fine art. On the other hand, as all young lads are, he could be a mischievous rascal. Despite his discomforts and disabilities, he never once complained.
“I always felt an overwhelming sense of pride just to know Oisin, his charm, his enthusiasm for what he loved, his social mobilities.”
In his homily, the parish priest of Drumragh, Fr Eugene Hasson, said Oisin was someone whose charisma touched people in ways that made him unforgettable.
“He was a strong character and, in discussion with his parents, they said he would most likely end up with having the last word. He did not believe in text messaging, voicemail was his favourite means of communication and his YouTube channel had so many hits.
Sinead McAllister, the principal of Sacred Heart College, said that Oisin had made a huge impact at the school during his four months there.
“He was a very intelligent young man able to engage in discussion across a whole range of subjects. He was highly skilled in the use of technology and thoroughly enjoyed recording the highlights of every day.
“Even though God took him at the young age of 12, he managed to pack the experiences of a lifetime into those years. Oisin’s smile was infectious and he drew a crowd wherever he went on the school site.”
Oisin is survived by his parents, Colm and Caroline, siblings Kyra, Danielle and Shane and a large family circle.