THE son of murder victim James Cahillane has thanked the people of Killorglin and the emergency services for their support in a time of need for the family.
Gary Cahillane bravely spoke from the pulpit at Killorglin's St James' Church ahead of his father's Requiem Mass at 12 o'clock on Sunday, rounding off his comments with a personal tribute to his father said on his own behalf and on behalf of his sister Lisa.
"Dad, you're the most considerate and generous person I've ever known. We're getting through this together . . . we're going to miss you so much. It was a pleasure to be your friend and an absolute honour to be your son," the Fexco employee stated.
"The support has been unbelievable. It's a feature of this town and it makes times like these that little bit easier. There really are too many people to name individually but so many people have been brilliant these last few days," he continued, before thanking the emergency services for their bravery during Thursday morning's shocking incident.
Celebrant Canon Michael Fleming, meanwhile, spoke of the sense of disbelief in the local community and a "gloom over the past few days" since news of the 58-yearold's death first filtered through.
"On Thursday morning last the community were shocked and devastated at the news of the untimely death of James that broke the dawn. Only 58, he was baptised here in St James' Church on February 15, 1954, the Marian Year. These past few days, James' life, his passing have been on everybody's mind and everybody's lips.
"He was very well known far and wide. You all bring your memories of James here this day - as a father to Gary and Lisa, as a brother, as a worker in Fexco, as a friend and as an acquaintance.
"What you hear consistently about him is that he was a most likeable character. You couldn't argue with him because he would finish up agreeing with you. That's cuteness of course," a comment that brought a welcome smile to a congregation deep in mourning.
Following a poignant service and as the bells tolled, the sound of of 'Nearer My God To Thee' rang out as James was carried from the church to his final resting place at Dromavalla.
Stopping at Cahillane's butcher shop along the way, former homestead of parents Michael Joseph and Kathleen, the funeral cortege made three further stops in Killorglin town outside certain local watering holes - a request that family members said would have brought a smile to James' face.