Prayers for tragic Fitzpatrick siblings at special memorial
Prayers were said at Mass for missing teenager Amy Fitzpatrick and her brother Dean Fitzpatrick who died during a violent incident one year ago.
Parish priest Fr John Hand dedicated yesterday's 12.30pm Mass at St Brendan's church in Coolock, north Dublin, to the memory of both siblings, whose names were read out to the packed congregation.
The memorial tribute was made on the first anniversary of Mr Fitzpatrick's death.
The fate of his sister, who disappeared at the age of 15 six years ago, remains a mystery, although she is presumed dead.
Mr Fitzpatrick, a 23-year-old father of one, died on May 25, 2013, following an incident at the Burnell Square apartments, Northern Cross, on the Malahide Road, north Dublin.
His mother Audrey Fitzpatrick's partner, David Mahon (43), was charged in March this year with Mr Fitzpatrick's murder. He was served with a book of evidence at the Dublin District Court on May 7 and has been sent forward for trial.
Mr Mahon was released on bail. He previously lived in Spain with Audrey Fitzpatrick, who mounted a high-profile campaign to find her daughter Amy who has not been seen since she vanished after walking home from a friend's house near their former home on the Costa del Sol on New Year's Day 2008.
A church official said that Ms Fitzpatrick, who is in poor health, had hoped to attend yesterday's memorial service for her children. She could not be reached for comment last night.
The 45-year-old was diagnosed with liver disease earlier this year and needs a transplant.
She has become a household name in Ireland following her daughter's disappearance when she failed to return home after visiting a friend in Spain near her home in Fuengirola.
Ms Fitzpatrick published a book last year called 'Please Find My Amy', which she hoped may shed some light on her daughter's disappearance.
Amy and her brother Dean moved to Spain in 2004 to join their mother and Dave Mahon, who has been ordered to surrender his passport as a condition of bail.