Monday 18 December 2017

Dad who shot partner dead in murder-suicide is laid to rest

The funeral of John Deegan from Cloghan, near Birr Co. Offaly at St. Flannann's Church, Kinnitty
The funeral of John Deegan from Cloghan, near Birr Co. Offaly at St. Flannann's Church, Kinnitty
The funeral of John Deegan from Cloghan, near Birr Co. Offaly at St. Flannann's Church, Kinnitty
Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

A FATHER of two who killed his partner before shooting himself was laid to rest today by his heartbroken family today.

Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral mass of John Deegan (53) at Kinnitty Church in Co Offaly. Prayers were also offered for mother-of-six Deirdre Keenan, including one read by Mr Deegan's daughter.

The small church was filled for the service with mourners paying their respects to Mr Deegan's wife Eileen, daughters Miriam and Joanne and extended family both before and after the mass.

Fr Michael O'Meara asked the congregation to pray for two families who were struggling with grief after losing a loved one in such tragic circumstances.

"The Deegan family have asked me to extend their heartfelt sympathies to the Keenan family in their hour of grief and they will be in our prayers today," he said.

Speaking of the deaths, Fr O'Meara added; "It goes beyond our comprehension, it's something we don't have words for but we leave it in the hands of God today."

Fr Shay Casey, Chaplain from Athlone IT, where Mr Deegan's daughter Miriam studies, also concelebrated the mass.

Mr Deegan was laid to rest in Kinnitty graveyard after the service.

John Deegan and Deirdre Keenan were found dead in a  B&B in Carlow town on Monday. Mr Deegan had shot Ms Keenan  in the head before shooting himself.

The pair had moved into a house together at Lumcloon near Birr, Co Offaly, less than three months ago. They had spent a few days in Wexford before booking into the Stonehaven B&B in Carlow town last Saturday.

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