Monday 20 January 2020

Sad farewell to 'passionate' Labour activist

Respect: The coffin of Cormac Ó Braonáin is carried from the Mansion House. Picture: Gareth Chaney
Respect: The coffin of Cormac Ó Braonáin is carried from the Mansion House. Picture: Gareth Chaney
Labour Senator Ged Nash
His mother and father Eva and Lú
President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina attended the humanist ceremony
Ian Begley

Ian Begley

Hundreds gathered at Dublin's Mansion House to bid farewell to a young man who died after being struck by a Luas tram.

President Michael D Higgins and Labour leader Brendan Howlin were among the mourners as the coffin of Cormac Ó Braonáin (19) was brought into The Round Room.

The mourners were led by his parents Eva and Lú.

Members of Scouting Ireland formed a guard of honour for the former scout leader, along with students from his old secondary school, Coláiste Eoin.

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Although the Mansion House was full to capacity, many more stood outside in the cold for the duration of the humanist ceremony out of respect for the young man, who was also the young Labour Youth chairperson.

His sister Muireann described him as a "patchwork quilt of a person knitted together by a thousand passions".

"Cormac felt he could learn something from everybody. He was unapologetically himself."

Irish Independent

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