'The world knew the trauma he suffered' - Dentist kidnapped by 'Border Fox' laid to rest
There was just a fleeting reference to the “trauma” suffered by dentist John O’Grady when family, friends, colleagues and patients packed the Star of the Sea Church in Sandymount Dublin today for his funeral Mass.
The celebrant, Fr John McDonagh, said the “world knew the trauma he suffered, but he never spoke about it and got on with the job and his creative acceptance of life.”
The only other link to the terrible events of 1987, when he was kidnapped and had two fingers cut off by terrorist Dessie O’Hare, was another of the celebrants at his funeral Mass, Fr Brian D’Arcy, who acted as an intermediary for his then father in law Dr Austin Darragh, during the kidnap drama.
The well-known dentist who died on Tuesday at the age of 67, after a two year battle with cancer, was remembered as a sports loving father and friend to almost everybody he met. One of the class of 1966 at Clongowes Wood College he built a large dentistry practise and worked in the Blackrock Clinic until illness prevented him.
Last month he walked his daughter Louise down the aisle when she became the last of his children to marry.