Priest con­demns ‘bru­tal and fu­tile’ bar stab­bing

Irish Daily Mail - - News - By David Raleigh

THE killing of a young Lim­er­ick man in a crowded bar in Lim­er­ick last week­end was bru­tal and fu­tile, his funeral Mass heard yes­ter­day.

Pa­trick ‘Pa’ O’Con­nor, 24, was fa­tally stabbed in Fitzger­ald’s Bar, Thomondgate, Lim­er­ick city, last Satur­day. Mr O’Con­nor died from his in­juries in hospi­tal in the early hours of Sun­day.

Last Wed­nes­day, a 41-year-old man ap­peared at Lim­er­ick Dis­trict Court charged with Mr O’Con­nor’s mur­der.

At yes­ter­day’s funeral Mass, Canon Donal McNa­mara of St Munchin’s Church of­fered Mr O’Con­nor’s fam­ily his ‘deep­est heart­felt sym­pa­thies’.

He said the killing had ‘left a trail of dev­as­ta­tion be­hind’ for the vic­tim’s fam­ily. ‘This tragedy and bru­tal killing of such a young, and love­able man – it’s fu­tile, mean­ing­less, and heart­break­ing,’ he said.

‘No words of mine are ei­ther go­ing to soften the blow or ease the pain, and un­for­tu­nately, there is no fast­for­ward­ing through be­reave­ment.’

Fr McNa­mara added: ‘It’s un­fair, it’s cruel and it’s mind-bog­gling.

‘He was a good fam­ily man. By no means am I go­ing to canon­ise him to­day be­cause he was no saint. As his mother said, he was a “love­able rogue”.’

Fr McNa­mara also told mourn­ers how a num­ber of killings in the com­mu­nity – in­clud­ing the mur­der of wid­owed pen­sioner Rose Han­ra­han, 78, last De­cem­ber, had left their mark on him and the wider com­mu­nity.

Gar­daí are still search­ing for the pen­sioner’s killer.

Vic­tim: Pa­trick ‘Pa’ O’Con­nor

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