Omolara Alibi will join her family in a traditional mourning for her son before returning to live in Ireland.
Solomon Soremekun died from crush injuries after falling into the lift shaft at the Hynes Building office complex in Galway City last Monday afternoon. Gardaí and the Health and Safety Authority are investigating.
The family had only arrived in Galway in late December and Ms Alibi had taken her four children to the Social Welfare Local Office on the first floor of the Hynes Buildings to complete paperwork.
She was too distraught to attend her son’s funeral in Galway on Saturday and grieved privately with her three daughters as Solomon’s body was taken from the mortuary at Galway University Hospital to the cemetery in Bohermore.
“She cannot be present. It is too much for her to bear,” Ms Alibi’s solicitor, Gerard O’Donnell confirmed.
The boy’s father, Ade Soremekun, a Dublin- based accountant, travelled to Galway after being informed of the tragedy and attended the prayer service at the hospital.
Galway’s Nigerian community gathered with Solomon’s father at the hospital mortuary on Saturday. Among the attendance were the consular minister of the embassy of Nigeria, Umar A Abba, and Galway’s mayor Padraic Conneely.
Pastor Larry Ovi of the Faith Christian Fellowship told the mourners that memories of Solomon and his charming life would not die. He asked the congregation to pray for his parents and Solomon’s sisters Princess, Esther, and Zion “because that is all we can” do.
Pre-school teacher Teresa Gyoh from the Teach Athais Centre in Ballybane recalled how Solomon had been brought by his mother to be registered in the school on the day before the incident. “He was a very calm and charming boy, so sociable. The manager of the centre offered to take Solomon home to his mother because they had only just come to Galway and when he was getting into the car, I said ‘see you tomorrow’,” said an emotional Ms Gyoh.
Mr Conneely said: “I understand she [Ms Alibi] will probably return to Nigeria to be with her family next month.
“Solomon was born in Cavan and so is an Irish citizen. This is his adopted city, but he also has grieving relatives back home in Nigeria.”