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Watch: Heartbreaking scenes as young son performs moving tribute for late father after grave desecration

Published 26/08/2016 | 11:16

A TEENAGE boy whose father's grave was recently desecrated has sung a poignant tribute to his late dad at the burial site.

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The grave of 30-year-old Michael 'Bobby' Maughan - who passed away from meningitis in April 2008 - was vandalised last week.

It is understood that three men entered Bohernabreena Cemetery, Tallaght in the early hours of Wednesday morning and started digging up Bobby's grave.

The incident occurred just a day after Michael’s father Joe appealed for information to find the remains of his son Willie who gardaí believe was murdered.

Helen Maughan beside the desecrated grave of her son Michael at Boharnabreena Cemetry today. Pic: Colin O'Riordan
Helen Maughan beside the desecrated grave of her son Michael at Boharnabreena Cemetry today. Pic: Colin O'Riordan
Maughan family members beside the desecrated grave of Michael at Boharnabreena Cemetry today. Photo: Colin O'Riordan

Michael's teenage son Martin launched into a stirring rendition of 'The Night Visiting Song' on Thursday night as a crowd of over 100 people ended their solidarity march from the family home in Cushlawn Park.

The 20 minute walk was carried out as the Maughan family vowed not to back down to "threats and intimidation" from the gang they believe are responsible for both Willie's disappearance and the desecration of Bobby's grave.

William 'Willie' Maughan (34) and his Latvian girlfriend Anna Varslavane (21) were last seen in April 2015 in Co Meath. They are believed to have been murdered by a specific gang.

"The march was organised by the local county council and we had a garda escort from the house to the cemetery," Senator Lynn Ruane told independent.ie.

"When we reached the graveside, friends, family and neighbours held a minute's silence for Bobby - and for Willie and Anna.

"Then Martin launched into his beautiful tribute to his dad."

Willie Maughan
Willie Maughan
Helen and Joe Maughan

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