THE grieving parents of two little Irish boys who perished in Hurricane Sandy last week have asked a remote Donegal community for their prayers.
Connor (4) and Brandon (2) Moore perished when they were swept from the arms of their mother, Glenda, during Superstorm Sandy on Staten Island, New York last week.
Yesterday, communities in Kilclooney, Co Donegal and Brooklyn united in grief as the little brothers were laid to rest in the United States.
The Donegal parish had been shocked to learn that the two young victims of the storm were the sons of Damien Moore, a native of nearby Portnoo, parish priest Fr Philip Daly told a packed church.
"We gather here with a lot of sadness. I’m sure there are many broken hearts here this morning. We come together to support Damien and Glenda who today bury their two youngsters, Connor and Brandon, and we are with them in spirit very much here this morning," he said.
Fr Daly revealed he had spoken briefly with Damien and Glenda about yesterday's service.
"They did ask us to pray for the two youngsters and for themselves as well," he said.
Fr Daly said that news of the tragedy had shocked the community but he added that Damien's parents, Fay and Paddy, had been comforted hugely by the amount of support and messages of good will they had received from throughout the country.
After the memorial mass, parishioners lined up to express their condolences to the grandparents, walking past a framed picture of the smiling boys.