Monday 17 December 2018

Mourners of man who was stabbed to death are told of mother's heartbreak

The funeral Mass of murder victim William Lynch. Photo: Liam Burke/Press 22
The funeral Mass of murder victim William Lynch. Photo: Liam Burke/Press 22

Ralph Riegel

The funeral of a young man stabbed to death in his own home was told his mother's heart was left "broken" by the tragedy.

Mourners at the Requiem Mass of William 'Willie' Lynch (35) were told the proud Limerick communities of Ballybrown-Pallaskenry would now do their best to support his mother, Helen, and her family, who were left totally devastated by the tragedy.

Fr Michael Cussen also offered a special prayer at the opening of the Requiem Mass at St Joseph's Church, in Ballybrown, Co Limerick, for Gerard 'Gerry' Lynch (29) who is now charged with the murder of his older brother on December 30.

Fr Cussen said the community now stood as one to support the heartbroken Lynch family.

"Helen brought Willie to this church for his baptism. A double sword of grief has now pierced your heart, Helen, as mother of Willie and Gerard," he said.

"The Holy Spirit will be with you Helen to enable you to carry this unbearable cross.

"Helen, your heart is broken - but you are surrounded by loving support."

The mourners were led by Mr Lynch's mother, Helen, her partner, Joe, his brother, Danny, his grandfather, Liam, and his aunt, Brigid, as well as cousins, other relatives and friends.

The offertory gifts reflected Mr Lynch's life and interests - a hurley, a U-14 GAA photo, a Bon Jovi DVD, a Liverpool jersey and a pool cue. Mr Lynch was an avid Bon Jovi fan, and their single 'Living On A Prayer' was played during the ceremony.

Irish Independent

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