Passionate, kind, and impossible to get annoyed with' - Father and popular school principal killed off bike laid to rest
THE national school principal who died while cycling to work earlier this week was a "family man" who had "touched the lives of so many," his funeral mass heard today.
Father-of-three Padraic Carney died while cycling to work after a car was in collision with his bicycle in Rathfarnham, Dublin, on Tuesday.
Hundreds of mourners gathered at the Church of St Pius X, College Drive, Templeogue this morning for his funeral.
The funeral cortege arrived at 11am, with Mr Carney's wife Aine and three daughters accompanying the coffin into the church.
Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O'Connor was among those attending.
In separate homilies, Fr. Gerard Moore and Fr. Jimmy Murray told mourners: "Padraic touched the lives of so many people here, especially those of his wife and his three daughters, but also of his pupils and colleagues.
"We are here today to celebrate Padraic's life. He was professional, competent and always calm.
"He was a people person and enriched the lives of so many. Padraic was an open book. What you saw is what you got. He was passionate, kind, caring, and impossible to get annoyed with.
"His bike was almost like an extension of himself, and he never went by anybody without waving at them.
"He will never be forgotten. Padraic had the desire to make a difference, and that he did. His smile was like a gift, and he was always full of energy."
Mr Carney (53) was the principal of St Louis Senior Primary School in Rathmines, with pupils from the school performing a number of religious hymns throughout the ceremony.
When the news of Mr Carney's death broke, board of management chairperson Jake Byrne described it as "a terrible tragedy for Pádraic’s immediate and extended family, his wide circle of friends and the school community.
"We are all deeply saddened by his sudden and untimely death."
He said: "Pádraic was a wonderful leader in the school. His infectious enthusiasm for the job of teaching children and his warm and charming personality made him most popular with pupils, parents, staff and all who came to know him in his job."