Friday 15 November 2019

Clare sea tragedy: Fishermen’s families unite for final goodbye at Quilty

Caroline Crawford

THE funeral has taken place of one of the fishermen who tragically drowned earlier this week.

Noel Dickinson was remembered as a man who loved his family, loved fishing and loved sport.

The young man's parents Mary and Larry, his siblings Frances, Annemarie and Alan and his partner Helen were comforted by hundreds of mourners at the small Star of the Sea Church in Quilty, Co Clare this morning.

His friend and neighbor Michael Galvin, who drowned alongside him when their trawler sank on Monday, will be laid to rest this afternoon in the same church. Members of the Galvin family were among the mourners at Noel Dickinson's funeral this morning.

Speaking to the congregation Fr Pat Larkin said the community had waited in hope which turned to grief when the two men’s bodies were recovered. He added that the entire community gathered with the Dickinson family "In your pain, in your brokenness, in your heartache".

"We gather today as a community in sadness, we gather this day as a community who must deal with their pain of loss and loneliness," he added.

Noel’s heartbroken mother Mary broke down as she prayed that her son had been reunited with his family who had gone before him, especially his grandparents. The young man's partner Helen, who is expecting their first child in December, also led prayers for him, praying that Noel had been welcomed home in heaven.

Following funeral mass Noel Dickinson was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery. Later today his friend and neighbour Michael Galvin will be laid to rest in the same cemetery.

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