MONAGHAN AND ENNISKILLEN PEOPLE UNITE AS HUNDREDS ATTEND FUNERAL OF KIERAN MCAREE (23)

28 February 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

HUNDREDS of people attended the funeral on Saturday of Emyvale man Kieran McAree, where local sadness at the loss of the 23-year-old was offset by a sense of relief that the 63-day search for his body had finally ended.

Kieran was missing since 17th December, but his body was found near the Round ‘O’ riverside jetty in Enniskillen shortly after midday on Wednesday last, exactly seven weeks after he disappeared.

Parish priest Fr Hubert Martin told the overflow congregation at St Patrick’s Church, Corracrin that great joy that spread around the shoreline at the news that Kieran was found.

“People hugged and there were tears of relief and tears of sadness — mixed emotions really, but a lovely warm moment that will be remembered forever,” Fr Martin said.

He recalled that Mr McAree’s parents Martin and Geraldine and his brother and sister Damien and Aisling had gone through a “gruelling experience” during the search, with the two worst days being Christmas Day and Kieran’s 24th birthday, which would have been on Monday of last week, 16th February.

The priest said many new friendships had been firmly forged between people from North Monaghan and Enniskillen, in links that showed the gospel being “preached by witness rather than by word”.

This was community spirit at its best, manifesting all that was good in human relations and fulfilling in an exemplar…..

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