Boyzone star Keith Duffy says he will always ‘look up’ to his late father Sean in his final farewell

BOYZONE star Keith Duffy has said he will always “look up” to his “heroic” father Sean as he says his final farewells at his funeral.

The heartbroken singer revealed on his social media earlier this week that Sean’s father sadly passed away.

Today is Keith's father's funeral


Today is Keith’s father’s funeralCredit: Instagram
Keith attends his father's funeral


Keith attends his father’s funeralCredit: Gary Ashe

Today is Sean’s funeral in Glasnevin and Keith and the rest of his family remember the loving times they had with his dad.

Keith, 47, also spoke about his father’s difficult battle with cancer after he was diagnosed 18 years ago

He started by saying, “We love him, I think you can see, there’s a lot of love in the room.

“There’s a lot of friends in the room, there’s a lot I want to say today but I know the family will cover it up.

“However, I would say that we’re all going to go one day, it’s not going to go well.

‘But for 18 years my dad has been battling cancer and I remember 18 years ago on the way to Manchester airport, coming home for the weekend on Friday, my brother Derek said to me,’ I have some bad news for you.It sounds like dad has a big c, and it’s horrifying to hear those words.

“At that point, you panicked and got emotional and I remember going to the airport and thinking ‘It’s over’.

“I was devastated and I came home and found my dad and he was fine.

“He said, ‘Don’t worry, son, I’m going to fight this. I’m going to fight it,’ and fighting it he did.

“And he kept beating it, which was pretty awesome but unfortunately it came back again and to keep the story short, it came back and he hit it four times.”

Keith went on to explain that his father was in remission but ended up battling pneumonia and fibrosis as well as Covid.

The Dublin native said: ‘Just before Christmas he won the war so he didn’t have to fight anymore.

“Between Christmas and New Year, he got punched, he didn’t fight, he got punched, his gloves came off and he’s not giving up this time.

“It’s not a battle like it used to be – he’s underwhelmed. It’s unfair, the weight is still on him. He has three different opponents to fight at the same time – pneumonia, fibrosis and Covid but he didn’t give up.

“Most people would probably lose that battle in 24 hours, it’s not that my dad wasn’t as tall as we were. I’ve always admired him and now I always have.


“He fought in that war for five days and I watched something happen. I watched the man I always considered a hero, did I watch the way he fought. just for himself but also for us, to be with his grandchildren. He doesn’t want to go anywhere.”

Despite his father’s best efforts, he was unable to obtain this “waste” and sadly passed away surrounded by his family.

Keith went on to say: “But like I said he was underwhelmed. He fought well for five days every minute of every day.

“To see him fight was brutal. It was horrible to watch but my god my tenacity. He made a hell of a battle that I truly respect.

“So it’s time. The battle was won, he kicked cancer and he’s in a crippled state with three things he can’t fight and we’re just asking him like a family in need. sitting around him stopped fighting.

“‘I’ve done enough, I’ve fought and won. Maybe it’s time for you to rest. Maybe it’s time to rest.”

“So it was very difficult to see him suffer and he agreed with us on our own terms. We knew he agreed with us.”

Keith went on to explain that his father passed away “very peacefully” and that he and his family were “relieved” that he would no longer have to fight and that he could be “in peace forever”.

The 47-year-old then went on to praise his mother for being by his father’s side in his many battles.


He said: “In those 18 years and the battles he won and the war he went to win he was never alone.

“We’re always there when we can but the one person there every day is my mother.

“My mom is there every day and it’s not always pleasant.”

Keith praises his “warrior” mother for supporting his father through his difficult battle with cancer.

He added: “She was his backbone, she was his rock and she was with him every step of the way.

“Like anyone, we have good days and bad days. We fall and we fall and they are no different but they have been together for a long time.

“My mother was a troubadour, she was also a fighter and I just wanted to let her know that you may feel like you are alone but you are never alone.

“I know for a fact that my son [Jay] and daughter [Mia] and my wife, Lisa]and I will always make sure you are cared for and taken care of.

“Whether it’s seven days a week or how many days you want us to, we’ll be there and I promise you that.”

Keith said that he will always look at his father


Keith said that he will always look at his fatherCredit: Instagram

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