Saturday 20 January 2018

'Our hearts are breaking for you today' - funeral of tragic Eamon Buckley (19) hears

Eamon Buckley (19), who died in a drowning tragedy
Eamon Buckley (19), who died in a drowning tragedy
Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

A YOUNG Galway man who tragically drowned during a sun holiday with friends had been enjoying the best month of his life, his funeral heard.

Eamon Buckley (19) from Moycullen Co Galway died after he and his twin brother Liam travelled with friends to a music festival in Split, Croatia last week.

At his funeral an emotional tribute penned by his brother was read to mourners. In it he said he knew he was not facing his grief alone as Eamon had been “a brother to all of us”.

During the service, Eamon was remembered as a talented gaelic footballer who had won a county football championship with his Moycullen side.

Teammates of the young student gathered together last week and wrote down their thoughts on their friend describing him as a true gent who never had anything bad to say about anyone, a humble guy, a hero and a brother.

“His coach summed it up when he said Eamon made a difference,” said his godfather Mark who spoke on behalf of the family.

He told mourners Eamon had been “enjoying the best month of his life” before the tragedy.

“It is a sad occasion but we have a lot to be thankful for and a lot to celebrate,” he added.

Eamon’s parents Tom and Joy, sisters Caoimhe and Roisin and brother Liam were joined by hundreds of mourners at St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church in Galway city in remembering him before the young student was buried in his home village of Moycullen.

Rev John Godfrey said that the community had been left bereft of words and answers by the tragedy. He told the family “our hearts are breaking for you today”.

“This day last week Eamon was having the time of his life in Croatia on holiday with his brother Liam and with their friends. Just one week ago nobody could even have imagined that we would be here now at his funeral.

“How could a fine young man like Eamon, full of life, with his whole life ahead of him suddenly be taken from us,” he questioned. “It just doesn’t make sense. Things like this aren’t supposed to happen not to us, not to him.”

He said every single one of the mourners had been in a state of shock since learning of Eamon’s death. "Our world has spun out of control," he said.

Eamon drowned after he fell from a boat in the early hours of Tuesday morning in Split harbour. The family thanked Tim Harrington, the Irish Ambassador to Croatia for his fantastic support.

His heartbroken family had requested anyone who wished to make a donation to do so to the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust which assists families to repatriate the remains of their loved ones who die overseas.

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