Park named after ‘wee character’ Jake

The official opening of the play park named in honour of 11 year-old Jake Murphy who died tragically in 2013. Pictured from left to right is, Jake's family, Peter and Leona Murphy and children, Orla, Aine, Rita and Eva. Also included is Christopher Doherty (Apex Housing Association Property Services Officer) and Caroline Donnelly (Apex Housing Association Housing Officer) and Sinn Fein councillor, Tony Hassan.
The official opening of the play park named in honour of 11 year-old Jake Murphy who died tragically in 2013. Pictured from left to right is, Jake's family, Peter and Leona Murphy and children, Orla, Aine, Rita and Eva. Also included is Christopher Doherty (Apex Housing Association Property Services Officer) and Caroline Donnelly (Apex Housing Association Housing Officer) and Sinn Fein councillor, Tony Hassan.
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A new play park has been named after a young Derry boy who died tragically in 2013.

Jake Murphy was 11 years-old when fell ill while playing near a building site close to Bradley’s Pass. Sadly, Jake was pronounced dead a short while later in Altnagelvin Hospital.

The late Jake Murphy.

The late Jake Murphy.

Jake had just completed his primary seven year at Steelstown Primary School at the time of the incident.

Jake, from Ardnamoyle in Shantallow, had a pre-existing heart defect.

The official opening of ‘Jake’s Play Park’ took place in Racecourse Park on Thursday morning and the ceremony was attended by Jake’s parents, Peter and Leona and his four sisters, Orla, Aine, Rita and Eva.

The event was organised by Apex Housing Association. Apex Property Services Officer, Christopher Doherty and Apex Housing Officer, Caroline Donnelly, presented Jake’s parents with a bouquet of flowers before officially opening the park. Other members of Jake’s family and friends also attended the opening of the park.

Pete Murphy carries the coffin of his son Jake to St Joseph's Church in 2013. (1207PG65)

Pete Murphy carries the coffin of his son Jake to St Joseph's Church in 2013. (1207PG65)

“Jake was a proper wee character,” said mum Leona emotionally. “Jake loved playing outside and I am just happy that this park has been named in his memory,” she added.

Jake’s father, Peter, said he hoped families in the area would enjoy the park.

“I hope no body vandalises the park because it’s nice to see something named in honour of my son. It’s a great park and I hope the people of this area enjoy it.”

Local Sinn Fein councillor, Tony Hassan, was also at the opening ceremony and said he hoped ‘Jake’s Play Park’ would help Leona and Peter with their loss.

“Speaking from personal experience it’s impossible to ever get over the loss of someone like Jake.

“I know Leona and Peter and I know what they have been through - I hope the fact the park is named in Jake’s honour helps them some,” said Colr. Hassan.