THE tragic death of a talented Cork musician brought about a new lease of life for nine people.
Taidhg Burke (32), bass player with emerging band The Calvinists, died following a car crash in Bantry, Cork, last weekend. Hundreds packed St Finbarr's Church in Bantry for his funeral yesterday.
In a heartfelt message, his mother Sandra revealed that her son was an organ donor.
"I want you all to know that Taidhg, my beloved, was an organ donor.
"His glorious heart was flown to Dublin and as a result of his own thoughtful generosity, I received the news that nine people have been given a new lease of life," she said.
She urged others to follow her son's example and become organ donors.
"It's such a wonderful comfort to know that his heart now beats again and gives life to another soul who would otherwise have died. What a lucky person to receive that gift, the heart of such a great man."
Reaching out to her son's "beloved friends and fans", she said the grief was hard to bear.
"He would want us to be strong and to remind us all that he really is only in the next room, filled with the most beautiful music. In his short time here, he gave us all so much," she said.
The Calvinists, who played at the Electric Picnic and appeared on Brendan O'Connor's 'Saturday Night Show', drew international recognition when spotted by a 'New York Times' travel writer. Matt Gross described the atmosphere at one of the band's gigs in a Bantry bar as "electric".
Mr Burke, from Borlin near Bantry, died at Bantry General Hospital on Tuesday after the car in which he was a back-seat passenger struck a pole at Bridge Street in Bantry around 4am last Sunday morning.
Mr Burke was cremated at a private family ceremony following yesterday's funeral Mass.