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Friday 26 May 2017

Send-off with a bang - fireworks used to scatter dad's ashes

Noeleen and Niall Brack prepare to light fireworks containing the ashes of Barney Brack Picture: Maxpix
Noeleen and Niall Brack prepare to light fireworks containing the ashes of Barney Brack Picture: Maxpix
Barney Brack

Sarah Slater

It was a Halloween to remember for one family as a late dad's ashes were scattered in a fireworks rocket.

Barney Brack (54), from Richmond Road in Dublin, died suddenly on November 2 last year, two days after Halloween.

Halloween was his favourite time of year, so his wife Noeleen and sons Niall and Aidan thought it only fitting that some of his ashes should be scattered by fireworks from Tolka Park.

Long-time family friend Marty Whelan explained they had been planning to give Barney the novel send-off for more than a month, despite last week's strict new Catholic Church guidelines banning the scattering of ashes of the dead.

"Barney was known as our unofficial Lord Mayor of Drumcondra and all of the local community loved him. Hundreds of people turned out for his send-off on Monday night," explained Mr Whelan.

"There is no doubt that Barney would have gotten the humour in the fact that his ashes were being fired off in a rocket from Tolka Park that was pointing towards the Archbishop's Palace, given last week's banning of ash scattering."

Irish Independent

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