Assault victim an 'inspiring son and loyal friend'
THE sister of a schoolteacher who died after a St Stephen's Day assault told mourners yesterday her brother was "a role model, inspiring son and loyal friend".
At the end of Brian Casey's funeral Mass, Martina Casey said the death of the 26-year-old "left many things undone and other things he never had a chance to start."
The man died on Monday after sustaining injuries arising from an alleged assault in O'Connell Square in Ennis on St Stephen's night.
Our Lady of the Wayside Church in Lissycasey was already full by 11.30am for the midday Mass for the late teacher as hundreds more listened to the service outside.
Addressing the Casey family, Fr Peter O'Loughlin: "We have no answers why this happened to someone so good." He continued: "No words can be of any help to you, but our hearts go out to you."
He said that the only people who can know what Brian's parents, Martin and Eileen, were going through were those parents who had lost children in similar circumstances.
Brian is also survived by his girlfriend, Cecilia Talty who he had been going out with for the past 10 years and his sister Martina told her yesterday from the altar: "Many people travel the world and a lifetime to find the person they are looking for, but Brian only had to travel two minutes away."
She added that Brian had a great work ethic and enjoyed years of working, with his father Martin on the family farm.
"Mam and Dad dearly loved Brian and he was a model teacher, inspiring son and loyal friend.
"Brian was a panel member of the Lissycasey side and was a regular on the team for the past two seasons. "He was one of the club's greatest players of all time ... he wore the maroon and white jersey with such pride and passion and Lissycasey will have an invaluable 16th man forever more."
Mr Casey's teammates formed a guard of honour before his remains were taken to the local cemetery for burial.
Harry Dinan (29) of 10 Waterpark Heights, Ennis and his nephew, Kevin Dinan (22) of 3 Clarehill, Clarecastle are charged with the assault and are currently on remand in custody due to re-appear in court next Friday.