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Friday 9 December 2016

Family of young stab victim 'bear no grudge against killer' - mourners told

Published 25/07/2016 | 12:10

Funeral of Paul Curran (pictured inset) on Monday afternoon in Crumlin
Funeral of Paul Curran (pictured inset) on Monday afternoon in Crumlin
Hearse making its way to the church at funeral of Paul Curran. St. Agnes' Church, Crumlin Village, Dublin.
Mourners outside church after funeral mass of Paul Curran. St. Agnes' Church, Crumlin Village, Dublin.
Hearse making its way to the church at funeral of Paul Curran. St. Agnes' Church, Crumlin Village, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

The family of a young Crumlin man stabbed to death last weekend have said they bear no grudge against his killer.

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Paul Curran (23) died after being attacked at the Seagull House flats in Dolphins Barn on Saturday July 16.

At his funeral mass in St Agnes’s Church in Crumlin today, Monsignor John Deasy told of how there are two families grieving - the Curran family and the family of the person that took Paul’s life.

“A few minutes of anger had such tragic consequences,” he said.

Paul Curran McGuirk
Paul Curran McGuirk

“On Friday afternoon I met with Paul’s mother Liz. She told me she did not hold a grudge against the young man’s family. It is only in forgiveness that we can find healing and peace,” he added.

Paul Curran was a brother of David Curran, who is serving life for the brutal murder of two Polish immigrants, in a case that shocked the nation in 2008.

Hearse making its way to the church at funeral of Paul Curran. St. Agnes' Church, Crumlin Village, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Hearse making its way to the church at funeral of Paul Curran. St. Agnes' Church, Crumlin Village, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

David Curran was just 17 when he stabbed  Pawel Kalite (28) and Marius Szwaijkos (27) to death with a screwdriver outside their home on Benbulben Road, Drimnagh.

He claimed he was ‘off his head’ on drink and drugs when he attacked the men, believing his father had been attacked by Mr Kalite.

Hearse making its way to the church at funeral of Paul Curran. St. Agnes' Church, Crumlin Village, Dublin.
Hearse making its way to the church at funeral of Paul Curran. St. Agnes' Church, Crumlin Village, Dublin.

At the funeral mass today a letter from David, who was not allowed out of prison, was read to the mourners from the altar.

“Paul, I can't believe you’re gone, my heart is broken. My little brother, and not just my brother but my oldest friend,” he said.

Mourners outside church after funeral mass of Paul Curran. St. Agnes' Church, Crumlin Village, Dublin.
Mourners outside church after funeral mass of Paul Curran. St. Agnes' Church, Crumlin Village, Dublin.

David Curran remembered good times as children playing with cars, footballs and scooters with Paul, and their school days together.

“I will have you with me always. I will think of you every day. Sleep tight,” he said, asking Paul to look over him.

Gifts brought to the altar today included a dumbbell to signify his love of fitness, and a crazy frog soft toy.

While Paul Curran is not believed to have serious criminal convictions, his father Michael McGuirk, was part of a gang involved in a €240,000 tiger kidnapping in October 2009.

He was not present at the funeral either as he is serving a jail sentence.

An 18 year-old man has been charged with Paul’s murder.

Graham McEvoy, of Captain’s Road in Crumlin, appeared before Judge Michael Walsh at Dublin District Court last Monday.

He made a thumbs up gesture and said “tell my ma I love her” as he was remanded in custody.

After today's funeral Paul Curran’s remains were brought to Mount Jerome Crematorium.

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