Sunday 19 November 2017

Voice of father rings out as hundreds bid farewell to slain mother-of-six

SHOOTING victim Deirdre Keenan was brought to her final resting place with her six children solemnly walking behind the hearse, as the voice of her father rang out in song.

Her father Jim McGarr was a member of the famed Gallowglass Ceili Band, and a recording of 'The Old Bog Road' was played as she was brought to the parish cemetery.

Ms Keenan (51) died of gunshot wounds last Monday. Her body was found at a guesthouse in Carlow along with that of John Deegan (53).

Mr Deegan, of Cadamstown, Birr, Co Offaly, apparently shot the mother of six, with whom he'd had a short relationship, and then turned the gun on himself.

Heartfelt tributes were paid to Ms Keenan, of Cois na Feadain, Caragh Road, Naas, Co Kildare, as hundreds of relatives and friends gathered for a concelebrated Requiem Mass at the parish church in Naas.

Principal celebrant Fr Declan Thompson told the congregation that her entire family were struggling to come to terms with the tragedy and would be relying on the support of neighbours and friends.

"It's only natural that people will want to reach out to the family and all we have at times like this is a little bit of faith," Fr Thompson said.

He said there was no explanation as to why the tragedy had occurred.

Shortly before the ceremony's end, the congregation fell silent for a minute at Fr Thompson's request to allow her family a moment.

"May peace come back to you all and to her family," he added.

Mr Deegan was buried last week, when his family offered condolences to the Keenans and local priest Micheal O'Meara said the events were "beyond comprehension".

Irish Independent

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