Heartbreaking last dance for slain dad
Published 23/04/2016 | 02:30
The daughter of innocent shooting victim Martin O'Rourke shared "one last dance" with her father before his coffin was taken for burial.
The 24-year-old father-of-three became the latest victim in the deadly Hutch/Kinahan feud when he was was gunned down on Sheriff Street in a case of mistaken identity.
Yesterday, he was laid to rest following an emotional service which was attended by the Taoiseach Enda Kenny.
His distraught fiancée Angeline blew a kiss to a picture of the innocent victim as the hearse brought him to his final resting place.
Mr O'Rourke's young daughter also shared "one last dance" with her father before his coffin was removed from the church.
The young girl was brought to the altar by another female relative, while the song 'Daddy's Girl' played from the church speakers.
She then embraced her father's coffin, before close relatives and family gathered around to console one another.
Floral tributes with the words 'Uncle', 'Father' and 'Fiancé' were brought to the altar.
The congregation of around 100 mourners heard how Mr O'Rourke had been through "tragic times" in his 24 years, but that he was "on the right path".
In his homily, Fr Derek Farrell condemned the recent outbreak of violence in the capital and quoted Archbishop Diarmuid when he said: "Could the repeated question of an innocent four-year-old child to her grieving mother, 'Where's Daddy?' fail to touch even such hearts?"
"Martin was a young man who had very little really in life, but who had life and had a loving fiancée, children and friends, only to be so callously and brutally robbed of everything.
"His one and only precious life has been taken. His family and friends' loved one has been taken. His fiancée's husband-to-be has been taken.
"His children's daddy has been taken," he continued.
"Many have said that Martin was at the 'wrong place at wrong time', but in the years ahead it will be important for his children to know that while he may have been at the wrong place, he was also on the right path. It will be important too to hear and keep the family's memories of the person they knew and loved."
Fr Farrell spoke of how breaking news on TVs and social media screens told the nation of a "shocking, frightening, and tragic shooting of an innocent bystander on a Dublin street" on April 14.
The emotional service took place at St Michan's Church, Halston Street in Dublin 7, yesterday morning before his remains were brought to Fingal Cemetery for burial.
Among the congregation were Christy Burke, Janice Boylan, Joe Costello and several charity groups.