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Thursday 17 August 2017

Last of a Haughey generation laid to rest

Ciaran Haughey helps to carry his uncle’s coffin. Photo: Frank McGrath
Ciaran Haughey helps to carry his uncle’s coffin. Photo: Frank McGrath
Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

Fr Eoghan Haughey, the final surviving sibling of former Taoiseach Charlie Haughey, was remembered as a "forthright and passionate" man at his funeral.

The last remaining member of a generation of the Haughey family, the Oblate priest passed away at the age of 82 on Friday, following a battle with illness.

Charles Haughey’s widow Maureen with son Sean and former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern at the funeral of her brother-in-law. Photo: Frank McGrath
Charles Haughey’s widow Maureen with son Sean and former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern at the funeral of her brother-in-law. Photo: Frank McGrath

The mourners at the Church of Mary Immaculate in Inchicore, south Dublin, heard how Fr Haughey was a passionate sportsman and a lover of the Dubs.

To celebrate this part of his life, the Sam Maguire Cup, won by the Dublin football team earlier this month, was present in the church as part of the offering.

The funeral Mass was celebrated by his priestly order, the Oblates.

Fr Paul Byrne spoke about Fr Haughey's love for sports, competition and Fianna Fáil, but also his humility.

Fr. Eoghan Haughey. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Fr. Eoghan Haughey. Photo: Steve Humphreys

"I never once heard him say the words 'my brother the Taoiseach'," he said, adding that he was always "fiercely proud" of his brother.

Fr Haughey was described as a "forthright and passionate man" who was "very much at home" in his life as a priest. Mourners were also told of his "beautiful tenor voice" and how he would entertain his audience with songs in both Irish and English.

He was the last member of the six Haughey siblings, who lived most of their young lives at the family home in Donnycarney.

One of the passions of his life was to travel and Fr Haughey got this opportunity as part of his religious work, mourners were told.

Fr Byrne spoke about the loyalty that Fr Haughey showed towards his sister Maureen when she was sick in 2014, travelling every day to see her.

When his older brother Charlie passed away in 2006, he led the requiem Mass. Charlie's sons Sean Haughey TD, Conor Haughey and Ciaran Haughey were all present. Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and former Fianna Fáil ministers Ned O'Keeffe and Michael Woods also attended.

Irish Independent

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