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Friday 18 October 2019

Hundreds mourn aircraft enthusiast (52) killed in plane crash

The remains of aeroplane crash victim John Finnan leave the church after his funeral at St Michael’s Parish Church, Athy, Co Kildare. Photo: Colin Keegan
The remains of aeroplane crash victim John Finnan leave the church after his funeral at St Michael’s Parish Church, Athy, Co Kildare. Photo: Colin Keegan

Sarah Slater

Hundreds of mourners gathered to pay their respects to a much-loved son, brother, uncle and friend who died in an air crash three days ago.

Dr John Finnan (52), from Athy, Co Kildare, and his flying partner Peter Tawse (61), from New Ross, Co Wexford, both died when their light aircraft came down near Duncormick, Co Wexford, 15 minutes after they took flight on Sunday.

The Mass, concelebrated by Fr Tim Hannon from Athy and Fr Liam Morgan from Naas, Co Kildare, heard that the flying enthusiast adored aircraft and that it was his hobby for the past 30 years.

The senior researcher was a leading figure in the Crops Research Department at Teagasc's Carlow campus.

The funeral of Dr Finnan took place at St Michael's Parish Church, Athy, yesterday.

Fr Hannon, in his homily, said: "From talking with his parents, I know that John was a very honest, very correct and very charitable man.

"He didn't like a wrong word said about someone. He adored all of his nephews and niece.

"He had a doctorate in philosophy from Maynooth and Trinity colleges.

"His hobby was flying and he did that for the last 30 years. He was a skilled craftsman, filled with knowledge and intelligence, but was also a very religious man."

Among the mourners were his parents John and Claire, his sisters Emer, Ciara and Mary, his brothers-in-law Eoin, Ken and Steven, his nephews Alastair, Jack, Archie, Joshua and Toby, his niece Hannah, relatives and many friends.

Symbols of John's life were brought to the altar by his five nephews and one niece.

Mr Tawse is to be buried in Wexford tomorrow.

Irish Independent

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