Saturday 21 September 2019

Priest at Lorcan's removal condemns violence

Lorcan O’Reilly
Lorcan O’Reilly
Alan O'Keefe

Alan O'Keefe

Loud applause filled a Dublin church when a priest made an impassioned speech against knife violence at the removal of murder victim Lorcan Rooney-O'Reilly.

The 21-year-old, from Robert Emmet Close in the city centre, was stabbed in the heart when he tried to stop a row at a Halloween bonfire at the nearby Oliver Bond House flats complex.

"To pull a knife on someone is a sneaky and cowardly act. It is not manly, it is weak. It is dangerous and it is savagery on a scale that is hard to comprehend," said Meath Street parish priest Fr Niall Coghlan at John's Lane Church last night.

"It is hard to believe that after a night full of celebration and fun we should end up here tonight to pay our respects to a lovely, bright, cheerful and good young man whose life was indiscriminately taken from him.

"On November 1 in Dublin, there were seven stabbings, two ended up in a critical condition and Lorcan, an innocent bystander, ended up dead.

"What has become of our country that parents when saying goodbye to their young men and women worry until they return safely, if they return safely?".

Chief mourners were Lorcan's parents Paddy and Jenny, three brothers and two sisters.

As the garda investigation continues, the chief suspect is a 15-year-old youth.

Irish Independent

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