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Thursday 19 October 2017

Hundreds pay tribute to disabled dad who died in suspected arson attack

The coffin is carried from St Fergals Church in Bray after the funeral of David Costigan
The coffin is carried from St Fergals Church in Bray after the funeral of David Costigan
Family members are comforted outside St Fergals Church in Bray after the funeral of David Costigan
The coffin is carried from St Fergals Church in Bray after the funeral of David Costigan
Mourners outside St Fergals Church in Bray after the funeral of David Costigan
Mark Costigan helps carry the coffin with other family members from after the funeral of his father David Costigan at St Fergal's Church in Bray
Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

A disabled man who died in a suspected arson attack on his home has this morning been laid to rest.

Wheelchair-bound David Costigan (55) was trapped in the house on Oldcourt Avenue in Bray as fire engulfed the terraced building at 4.30am on September 26.

Mark Costigan helps carry the coffin with other family members from after the funeral of his father David Costigan at St Fergal's Church in Bray
Mark Costigan helps carry the coffin with other family members from after the funeral of his father David Costigan at St Fergal's Church in Bray

Today, there were hundreds of friends and family morning his loss at St Fergal's Church, in Ballywaltrim, Bray, Co Wicklow.

His younger brother told the gathered mourners that Mr Costigan was a "hugely talented man" and that for him, the wheelchair was only a way to get from "A to B".

Mourners outside St Fergals Church in Bray after the funeral of David Costigan
Mourners outside St Fergals Church in Bray after the funeral of David Costigan

He also recounted a funny story about working with his brother when he was a teenager.

Some of the mourners at the church wore Bray Fire Service hooded jumpers. There was also members of the gardai present.

The coffin is carried from St Fergals Church in Bray after the funeral of David Costigan
The coffin is carried from St Fergals Church in Bray after the funeral of David Costigan

Mr Costigan's son Mark, who is in his 20s, was also in the house at the time of the fire and attempted to save his father. However, he was fighting through smoke and flames and could not reach him.

Mark managed to escape out the back of the terraced property.

Family members are comforted outside St Fergals Church in Bray after the funeral of David Costigan
Family members are comforted outside St Fergals Church in Bray after the funeral of David Costigan

"I called out to him [his dad]. I shouted at him to answer me and show me he was ok. I heard him bang his foot on the floor upstairs so I know he was alive at that stage," Mark told the Herald following the incident.

Mark said he had received threats in recent days falsely accusing him of a recent incident in the Co Wicklow town and warned that he'd be burnt out of his house.

Gardai are investigating if there is a possible link between these threats and the fire.

Mr Costigan is mourned by his children, Dave, Robert, Laura, Donna and Mark along with their mother Patricia.

He is also survived by his mother Rita and father Michael and his brothers Philip and Brian, sisters Christina and Yvonne.

Mr Costigan had five grandchildren, Kayla, Callum, Nicole, Charlie and William.

Following the funeral mass, his remains were taken for burial to Glasnevin Cemetery.

The hearse was decorated with floral tributes including a large one that read "brother."

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