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Murdered Tom had a greatness of soul, vigil told


People at a prayer vigil held for Tom O'Gorman. Photo: PA

People at a prayer vigil held for Tom O'Gorman. Photo: PA

People at a prayer vigil held for Tom O'Gorman. Photo: PA

MURDER victim Tom O'Gorman was a man of personal decency and greatness of soul, a memorial prayer vigil has heard.

Joe McCarroll, chairman of the Pro Life Campaign, spoke of his dear friend Mr O'Gorman as a campaigner on social, legal, and moral issues who had great warmth as "a people person".

Mr McCarroll delivered his words of tribute at the end of a lengthy service of prayers and hymns at St Teresa's Church in Clarendon Street in Dublin last night.

He referred to his friend's violent death at his home in Castleknock in Dublin at the weekend as an act "full of horror" and "unspeakable".

Mr O'Gorman (39), a researcher with the Iona Institute and a firm supporter of the Pro Life Campaign in his newspaper articles, died on Sunday.

A man who was lodging in his home has been charged with murder.

The church was full for the memorial vigil, which took place in semi-darkness as dozens of candles flickered around the altar.

Among the prayers were words of appreciation for the emergency services, the gardai and the authorities.

Prayers were also offered for the victim's brother, Paul, sister Catherine and his extended family. His friend Fr Stephen Kelly led the prayers.

Mr McCarroll, speaking from the altar, said Mr O'Gorman was "a people person par excellence".

"Tom was always bumping into people everywhere," he said. "He would create life-long impressions... at the heart of Tom's life was to do good."

Tom had the ability to light up the lives of others, the service heard.

Mr McCarroll said his friend had a vulnerability which was based in his own suffering.



He had the "exasperating quality" of being ready to instantly disagree with a friend on an issue within moments of meeting and challenging the friend to contest the issue.

Mr McCarroll paid tribute to his friend's sense of humour and called him "God's Contrarian". "Tom was full of fun, personal decency and greatness of soul," he added.

Fr Kelly told the congregation of the very real nature of Tom's religious faith and spoke of the many causes that his friend had worked hard for.

"He was a man who believed deeply in forgiveness and followed closely Jesus's words on forgiveness. People must pray for the strength to forgive," said Fr Kelly.