Tuesday 27 January 2015

'A man who would give his last penny' - Sister of tragic Adrian Folan pays tribute at funeral

Published 12/07/2014 | 20:13

The Cliffs of Moher, inset, Adrian Folan

THE sister of a Galway man killed last week paid an emotional tribute to her brother at his funeral mass yesterday, thanking him for all the good times and joy he had brought to their family.

Yvonne Ni Chualáin spoke movingly of her brother Adrian, whose body was discovered in a quarry near Liscannor Co Clare on Monday.

Hundreds of friends and family packed into Seipéal Mhic Dara in Carraroe to pay their last respects to Adrian Folan, known affectionately to many as ‘Carraroe Joe’.

His sister fought back tears as she told the packed congregation, which spread outside the church, of her brother’s love of technology, darts, books and gardening. The 41-year-old had just completed his Masters in software engineering in Athlone and had been due to take up a new job with communications company Ericsson within weeks.

“Adrian was in the prime of his life and was so helpful to our parents in every possible way. A man who would give his last penny, even if he didn’t have it to give,” she recalled.

Speaking to her brother, she thanked him “for all the good times and all the joy you brought to our lives”.

Garda at the scene on a body find believed to that of Adrian Folan at a quarry just a few hundred meters from the Cliffs of Moher. Picture Noel Gavin/Press 22

She also thanked the gardai in Athlone, Galway and Clare for helping the family to bring Adrian home and offered special thanks family, friends and neighbours for their “incredible” support.

“There is no way we could get through this without you. We have a long and hard road ahead of us but our families are a strong, resilient and united force who will get through this,” she told the congregation to applause.

Mr Folan’s friend Pat also paid tribute to his best friend, describing his generosity and how he would immediately offer to help to anyone who needed it.

“His first thoughts were always for others, what could he do for his friends or his family,” he said. Recalling one of Adrian’s favourite saying, that it was always nice to be at home when the neighbours call, Pat added: “Well Adrian is at home now and all the neighbours have called.”

During the mass Adrian’s strong friendships, love of reading and love of darts were recalled in the gifts brought to the altar, a photo, a book and some darts.

A prayer of the faithful was also said for Adrian’s brother, who has been charged with his murder.

Following the funeral mass Mr Folan was laid to rest in Barr a Doire Cemetery in Carraroe.

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