Monday 22 January 2018

'Mist of grief' descends over village as Kieran laid to rest

Kieran Callaghan
Kieran Callaghan
The remains of Kieran Callaghan are brought out of St Colmcille's Church

Stephen Maguire

THE family of a father of four are in "turmoil" as they struggle to come to terms with his suspicious death, a priest told mourners at his funeral.

Fr Michael McKeever told a packed congregation at the funeral Mass for Kieran Callaghan (50) that the local community in Churchill, Co Donegal, were "struggling to make sense" of how he died.

Gardai believe he may have suffered up to three blows to the head, one of which caused a haemotoma, which resulted in his death. Mr Callaghan was last seen at around 6pm last Friday and his body was discovered on Sunday afternoon at his home at Roshine.

Fr McKeever told hundreds of mourners that a mist had descended over the local community.

Fr McKeever described Mr Callaghan as a "kind man" who was well-known and liked in the local community.

"Kieran was the youngest in his family, and the apple of his mother's eye. Kieran will be so sadly missed by his family, work colleagues at Glenveagh National Park and the community.

"Each one of us has our own special memory of Kieran and that will be the sustaining force. The huge crowds at the funeral speaks volumes," he added.

St Colmcille's Church, overlooking picturesque Gartan Lake, was packed to capacity and hundreds had to stand out in the sunshine for the Requiem Mass yesterday.

The chief mourners were Mr Callaghan's wife Josephine; sons, Ethan and Rory; daughters, Tara and Sarah-Marie; brothers Charlie, Dee, Edward, Paddy; and sisters, Evelyn, Rosemary and Sally.

Irish Independent

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