'Violence can never be the answer' - priest at funeral of wedding gun victim
HUNDREDS of mourners gathered in Athlone today amid a strong garda presence for the funeral mass of father-of-nine Barney McGinley who died after being shot at a family wedding.
Mr McGinley’s widow Bridget was comforted by her children and 49 grandchildren at St Mary’s Church in the town.
Male relatives and friends wearing white shirts and black trousers walked into the Church in unison before the mass. They later formed a guard of honour as Mr McGinley’s remains were brought from the Church.
Speaking of Mr McGinley’s sudden death, the parish priest of St Mary’s said it would forever form part of the life of his grieving family.
“On a day that was to be a joyful family occasion others chose to end the goodness of Barney’s life and leave your family in such grief.
“It takes such a short time to open wounds in others that will take a lifetime to heal. Violence can never be the answer, because all it does is foster more hurt and violence,” he added.
But he told the family that even after death, Mr McGinley would live on in the good things he has done because goodness is always stronger than the evil others may do.
Mourners listened as Mr McGinley was remembered as a man of strong principles who was proud of his culture and his religion.
He was described as a man who had come from simple beginnings but worked hard all his life to provide for his wife and family.
Mr McGinley was killed following an incident at a family wedding. He was shot outside the church in the village of Newtownbutler Co Fermanagh last Wednesday.
Following his funeral mass today he was laid to rest at Coosan Cemetery.