Friday 2 December 2016

Bravery of firefighters is remembered at Mass

Alan O'Keeffe

Published 23/11/2015 | 02:30

Ray Murray of the Dublin Fire Brigade with Dublin’s Lord Mayor Criona Ní Dhálaigh
Ray Murray of the Dublin Fire Brigade with Dublin’s Lord Mayor Criona Ní Dhálaigh

The bravery of firefighters, who put their lives on the line to preserve life at all costs has been remembered at a special Mass.

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More than 300 people attended the annual commemorative Mass for deceased members of the Dublin Fire Brigade and Dún Laoghaire Fire Brigade, which was held at St Saviour's Church on Dublin's Dominick Street yesterday.

Among those who attended was the Lord Mayor, Críona N Dhálaigh.

District Officer Adrian Sutton, an organiser of the event, said it was an important date in the brigade's calender.

"It is a sad occasion as we remember deceased members, including 11 retired members and one serving member who passed away during the year.

"It is a special occasion for families and it is valued by retired members, who come along and meet friends and former colleagues.

"Dublin Fire Brigade is essentially a caring service, dedicated to preserving life at all costs and people put their lives on the line."

Those who died in the past year were Robbie Kane, Colm Smart, Louie Duffin, Paddy McMahon, Christopher Fitzpatrick, Robert Kenny, Paddy Hanratty, Phil Daly, David Scannell, James Robinson, Michael Goldrick, and Patrick Ryan.

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