Wave of sadness at funeral
Tuesday, 12 August 2014
There was a wave of sadness as mourners paid their respects to popular local man Niall Murphy at his funeral service on Wednesday.
The 19-year-old, who tragically lost his life in a fatal car cash on the previous Saturday night, was remembered in a requiem mass held at noon on Wednesday at St Mary's chapel, where he was later buried.
Father Moan spoke in an eloquent eulogy about the sense of loss and emptiness that resonated poignantly with the congregation.
He said: "We are numbed by the suddenness and the horror of it. We cannot understand it. We have so many questions and we have no answers. We do not to believe or accept that Niall is dead. In a sense, we are paralysed. We are suspended in disbelief. We feel the sort of shocked confusion that the two disciples in the Gospel account felt: 'We had hoped...,' they said. We had also hoped, and even taken for granted all sorts of things".
Speaking movingly Fr Moan, conducting the service accompanied by Father Milan, spoke of a yearning for hope when he said: "Like the disciples, we do not understand, yet like them, we want to somehow hope. We can still hope. They had to learn that the overturning of their plans and expectations, even the death of a person on whom they had pinned so many hopes, was not the end of everything".
As a large crowd sat to pay their respects, in remembrance and reflection as Fr Moan spoke of loss and the helplessness felt.
“At a time like this we feel helpless, and yet in the darkness, we remember that 'the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases.' Just when a blackout occurs we rush for a light, any light, even that of a humble candle, so now we rush to the only light that can penetrate this awful darkness, namely, the light of Christ." said Fr Moan.
A former student of the Abbey Grammar School, Niall was looking to embark on a new chapter of his life as he prepared to get ready go to Liverpool University in September.
“Niall was a loving son to Linda, a cherished grandson to May, and treasured by his aunts, uncles, cousins, girlfriend, and many friends. His presence will be sadly missed by many people," said Fr Moan.
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