STATE AND GAA DIGNITARIES JOIN IN POIGNANT FAREWELL TO ÓGIE

23 July 2021 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Taoiseach’s Aide de Camp Commandant Caroline Burke joined the attendance in St Macartan’s Cathedral in Monaghan Town yesterday, Wednesday morning for the Funeral Mass of Brendan Óg “Ógie” Ó Dufaigh, the Monaghan football U-20 captain and Monaghan Harps player who died in a road accident at Clontibret on Friday last. The attendance at the Cathedral was limited by Covid-19 regulatory guidance but the depth of grief in the community engendered by the young man’s passing and the solidarity with the Ó Dufaigh family was evident from the large crowds of people who lined the route of the cortege through the streets of the town.

Yesterday morning people were still adding to the flowers, messages, flags and photographs placed at the Gavan Duffy grounds of the Harps club in tribute to Ógie, as he was affectionately known. In a moving homily which gave great insight into the family life and personality as well as the sporting prowess of the 19- year-old Cloverhill man who was regarded as one of the foremost emerging talents of Co Monaghan football, Canon Patrick McGinn, Administrator of the Cathedral Parish of Monaghan and Rackwallace, remembered him as “a shining star” who was humble and had “a very living faith” and who honoured friendship through “positive deeds and great favours”.

Canon McGinn was assisted at the Mass by colleagues Fr Sean Ó Gallagher, Fr Stephen Joyce and Fr Jason Murphy, and by Ógie’s school friend and neighbour Fr John Flanagan. Canon McGinn said it was “with a heavy heart” that, on behalf of Bishop of Clogher Larry Duffy and the people of the community, he welcomed those present at the Funeral Mass. He offered sincerest sympathy to Ógie’s heartbroken family – his father Brendan, mother Esther, and sisters Claire and Áine, aunts, uncles and all his relations; and to his many friends, fellow players in Monaghan Harps GFC and the U-20 county team, and his workmates in Kingspan.

Canon McGinn also welcomed those who had travelled from across the country, especially from Donegal, to attend; and those who were engaged in prayerful participation in the Mass via webcam, not only from Monaghan and across the country but in many parts of the world. “We thank God for Ógie’s short life, for the love, kindness, and happiness he gave to family and to all who knew him,” Canon McGinn stated. “We pray that all of us will find comfort from a God who is with us in the tragedy of life.”

Items symbolic of the various strands of Ógie’s life which had been prepared by his family members and friends Shea Prunty and Darren Nolan were then brought before the altar. Fr McGinn told the congregation that these consisted of a family portrait, showing that Ógie was the centre of a close-knit family and a source of fun and laughter to all in the family; a cross and chain brought back for him by his mother Esther from Medjugorje, depicting his faith; a hammer, represented his work in Kingspan; a car registration plate, demonstrating…

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