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Little Angel's tears as her dad is laid to rest

Georgina O'Halloran

Published 20/11/2011 | 05:00

HEARTBREAK: At the funeral of Jonathan Duke at St Patrick's Church, Bandon, Co Cork, was
the deceased's mother Michelle and his daughter Angel. Photo: Denis Boyle
HEARTBREAK: At the funeral of Jonathan Duke at St Patrick's Church, Bandon, Co Cork, was the deceased's mother Michelle and his daughter Angel. Photo: Denis Boyle

Nine-year-old Angel wiped away tears of sorrow as she followed the coffin of her father, Jonathan Duke, out of the church after Requiem Mass.

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The father-of-one's body was recovered from underneath Bandon Bridge in the west Cork town of Bandon last Monday.

Two people have been charged with his murder.

Fr Myles McSweeney told a numbed congregation in St Patrick's Church, Bandon, that Jonathan, 27, who was locally known as 'Dukey', had written a poem about Heaven in which he spoke of the violence that was part of his life, and longed "that it would not be that way". "Dukey had a tough exterior, but behind that exterior there was that heart that very few people saw," said Fr McSweeney, who concelebrated Requiem Mass together with Monsignor Kevin O'Callaghan.

The priest said the community of Bandon had been "plunged into shock and disbelief" since last Sunday night following the tragic deaths of Dukey and John Forrester, 42, whose body was discovered on Tuesday morning in the River Bandon, one kilometre downstream of the west-Cork town.

"There are no words that I or anybody can say to take away the pain and sorrow that you feel," he said, addressing Jonathan's mother Michelle, daughter, Angel, sisters Shannon, Cindy, and Nicole, and wider family members and friends.

The 27-year-old was remembered as a loving, caring and intelligent man, who was an accomplished boxer and who loved keeping fit.

"You are the joy of my life, the candle that sets my soul alight, a joy to be around, to call my own," Mr Duke wrote in a poem to his daughter, read out during the Mass.

A woman and a man, Catherine O'Connor (35) and Cyprian Grozavu (37), were charged on Tuesday at Bandon District Court with the murder of Mr Duke. They have been remanded in custody to appear again before Bandon District Court tomorrow.

Sunday Independent

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