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Wednesday 18 October 2017

'David has left behind three girls who meant everything to him' - Hundreds pay final tribute to stab victim

The funeral procession of David (Motcha) Walsh passes through the streets of Enniscorthy on its way to St Aidan's Cathedral. Photo: Tony Gavin Inset: David Walsh
The funeral procession of David (Motcha) Walsh passes through the streets of Enniscorthy on its way to St Aidan's Cathedral. Photo: Tony Gavin Inset: David Walsh
The funeral procession of David (Motcha) Walsh passes through the streets of Enniscorthy on its way to St Aidan's Cathedral. Photo: Tony Gavin

Brendan Furlong

A parish priest told hundreds of mourners at the funeral of stab victim David Walsh that his parents' lives will "no longer carry the same meaning and joy" as he was laid to rest.

Family and friends gathered at St Aidan’s Cathedral in Enniscorthy to say farewell to stab victim David ‘Motcha’ Walsh who was murdered in Australia.

The 29-year-old Enniscorthy town native was allegedly stabbed to death in Sydney, Australia, in the early hours of Saturday, February 18.

His fiancée, Tina Cahill, was arrested at the scene and charged with his murder.

The funeral procession of David (Motcha) Walsh arrives at St Aidan's Cathedral Enniscorthy.
Photo: Tony Gavin
The funeral procession of David (Motcha) Walsh arrives at St Aidan's Cathedral Enniscorthy. Photo: Tony Gavin

Parish Priest, Fr Odhran Furlong, at his funeral mass today spoke of the devastation that had visited the family on the tragic death of David.

"David was 29 years of age, much too young, much too young to die," said Fr Furlong.

A packed church came out to bid their farewell to David, who just four years ago left the town to create a new life in Australia.

Fr Furlong told the congregation: "I don’t think anyone can explain the loss when you lose someone so dear and so close for our lives no longer carry the same meaning and joy. As a result our hearts go out to the Walsh family in their tragic loss.

Floral tributes at he funeral of David (Motcha) Walsh at St Aidan's Cathedral Enniscorthy.
Photo: Tony Gavin
Floral tributes at he funeral of David (Motcha) Walsh at St Aidan's Cathedral Enniscorthy. Photo: Tony Gavin

"In this day and age of Skype it will be so hard for the family not to hear the voice of David again. They will no longer be able to talk to him, talk about the happenings at home and his home town. This will bring tears, will bring the realisation that something is wrong, along with the constant realisation life will never be right again."

Fr Furlong added: "It’s the first day of Spring, it’s Ash Wednesday, but what it would be like to have just this on our minds, but instead all of this has changed through the passing of David. Our thoughts right now are for his father, mother, daughters and family."

Speaking before Mass, David’s brother Patrick spoke of today being St David’s Day, a day when one is trying to put together a few words about David.

"It’s difficult to describe him, but anyone who met him will never forget him for he left a smile on everyone’s face.

The coffin of David (Motcha) Walsh is taken from St Aidan's Cathedral Enniscorthy.
Photo: Tony Gavin
The coffin of David (Motcha) Walsh is taken from St Aidan's Cathedral Enniscorthy. Photo: Tony Gavin

"David has left behind three little girls who meant everything to him. Although he had lived far away from here, he always remained close to his family and three daughters.

"Right now one can just picture his cheeky grin and heart warming smile, which no doubt is still there as he looks right down on us," said Patrick.

David who would have turned 30 on April 18 was very close to his three daughters, Ava, Aine and Erin.  Along the inside window of the hearse was a simple wreath with the simple word ‘DAD’.

David’s father John, brothers Jonathan, Patrick, Barry, Steven and Kalem carried the coffin from the Church to the waiting hearse outside. His  heartbroken mother, Ann, was consoled by daughter Faith and family members along with Caroline mother to David’s  three daughters.

David was brought on his final journey to St. Mary’s Cemetery with a guard of honour being formed by Enniscorthy Utd football whom he played with prior to his emigration.

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