Thursday 21 September 2017

Blaine brothers laid to rest in Castlebar

The remains of murdered brothers Tom and Jack Blaine are carried from the Church Of The Holy Rosary after funeral mass in Castlebar, Co Mayo
The remains of murdered brothers Tom and Jack Blaine are carried from the Church Of The Holy Rosary after funeral mass in Castlebar, Co Mayo
The funeral cortege passes through Castlebar
Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

HUNDREDS of mourners have gathered in Castlebar today to pay their respects to the elderly brothers found dead in their home last week.

Tom and Jack Blaine were laid to rest after 11am funeral mass at the Church of the Holy Rosary in the town this morning.

Fr Michael Farragher led prayers for the two men were were popular members of the community.

He told the congregation they had gathered to celebrate the lives of the two men and to comfort their grieving relatives.

A number of items recalling the lives of the two men were brought to the altar including a car to symbolise Jack's love of cars and a mug recalling his fondness for tea which he would get several times a day from his neighbours.

The faith of both men were recalled and their constant presence in the Church.

For Tom fruit was also brought to  the altar recalling that he bought all the food for the brothers.

Last night locals lined the streets as the remains of the two men were brought to the church. The pair will be buried alongside their mother.

Speaking of the love in the community for the men he added;  "I heard one  loving description of them as saints and angels. As we know from our catechism saints and angels are close to God and Jack and Tom could nor be any closer to god than they are now."

"What happened to Jack and Tom was "so wrong", he added.

Fr Farragher told the congregation that the town had been hit by a blackout on Tuesday night. He added that that darkness had lasted after news of the deaths emerged on Wednesday.

He told how the community had accepted and loved the men who would now be reunited with their mother Delia and brother Michael Joe.

Enda Kenny sympathised with family after the funeral. Also in attendance was Former Commissioner Padraig Flynn, who was accompanied by his daughter Beverly Flynn.  TD Dara Calleary and local representatives also attended.

Irish Independent

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