Hundreds attend removal of tragic Paddy (90)
A Waterford community gathered in silence last night to honour a local 90-year-old whose death shocked rural Ireland.
Hundreds gathered in both Lismore and Ballysaggart for the removal of Paddy Lyons to St Mary's Church where he had worshipped for so many years.
Friends, neighbours and relatives had vowed that Mr Lyons would be offered "a dignified" funeral tribute.
From shortly after 1pm, mourners gathered at St Carthage's Mortuary in Lismore to pay their last respects to the retired farmer.
Mr Lyons was discovered dead at his Loughleagh home outside Ballysaggart, some 10km from Lismore, on February 25.
Gardaí launched a murder investigation after a post-mortem examination on Mr Lyons's remains at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) by Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster.
The post-mortem was ordered by gardaí who were suspicious of visible marks to Mr Lyons's face and head.
Shortly before 6pm last night, Mr Lyons's remains were carried from St Carthage's Mortuary and brought by funeral cortege to St Mary's Church in Ballysaggart.
The cortege was led by a single garda patrol car with several mourners walking behind the hearse as it slowly passed through Lismore.
Mr Lyons's coffin was flanked in the hearse by five wreaths of white lilies and roses.
He will be buried after 11am Requiem Mass today.