Saturday 17 February 2018

Priest makes impassioned plea at ecstasy victim's funeral

Oisin Crawford died in the early hours of Monday morning at house party

Greg Harkin

A PARISH priest today made an impassioned plea to young people to stay away from drugs as he celebrated Requiem Mass for a 22-year-old man killed by a lethal batch of ecstasy.

Oisin Crawford died in the early hours of Monday morning at a house party in the Co Donegal village of St Johnston.

More than 1,500 mourners – many forced to stand outside – today attended his funeral at St Baithin’s Parish Church in the village.

Monsignor Dan Carr made his plea at the end of the Mass in which the dead man was described as “gentle soul” who “wouldn’t harm a fly.”

The dead man’s parents Seamus and Sharon, sister Niamh and younger brother James wept as Mgr Carr paid tribute to Oisin.

The dead man had worked with his father at the family tyre business in Raphoe.

Mgr Carr told the congregation: “I would like to give a message today to our young people and the message is very simple – keep away from drugs.

“Do not experiment with them; they are highly dangerous. Keep away from alcohol because alcohol is the first step towards drugs.”

Four other people were rushed to hospital after taking ecstasy at the house party on Monday.

One of them, Oisin’s 22-year-old friend Simon Lynch, has been taken off the critical list at Letterkenny General Hospital.

Three other people, including an 18-year-old girl, were released from hospital on Monday night.

Mr Crawford’s coffin was carried to the church graveyard by his father and uncles, led by a lone piper.

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