Paddy to be laid to rest five months after tragedy
Published 06/05/2014 | 05:42
Fisherman Paddy Barry from Kilmore Quay was laid to rest more than five months after he disappeared while fishing off the Saltee Islands.
The fisherman's remains were found by a group of birdwatchers late on Sunday afternoon, close to where he vanished on November 25 last.
'It's sad news and brilliant news at the same time,' said parish priest Fr Denis Doyle. 'It confirms all our worst fears, yet the relief has been huge and a huge consolation for his family and lots of other people who knew him,' he added.
The Kilmore Quay lifeboat crew received a call at 4.30 p.m. on Sunday, saying that a group of bird watchers had found human remains on the shore of the island, in an area known locally as The Ring.
'The area had been previously well walked and searched, so we can only conclude that he washed ashore recently,' said a crew member.
Gardaí found personal possessions in the man's clothes, which helped with the identification process.
A Garda spokesman said the remains were taken to Waterford by funeral director Paddy Mulligan, who was called to Kilmore Quay after the remains were brought ashore.
Paddy Barry disappeared off the Saltees while he was lobster fishing on November 25 last year, and is believed to have fallen overboard from his boat.