The mother of the victim of a deadly attack in Kildare last weekend said at her son’s funeral on Sunday that the family was “humbled” by a wave of condolences from across Ireland.
Talented sportsman Dylan McCarthy, 29, from Kilmallock, Co Limerick, suffered fatal injuries when he was attacked by several men in a pub in Monesterevin on Sunday August 21.
Mr McCarthy had traveled to the city of Kildare with his family from his hometown of Kilmallock to celebrate the birth of his godson and nephew Liam.
Hundreds of mourners who attended the Hurler’s funeral service at St Peter and Paul’s Church in Kilmallock heard he was a “sweetheart” to his family, who granted Mr McCarthy’s wishes by donating his organs after his death , who were heard to have received four people in need of life-saving transplants.
Mr McCarthy’s brave mother, Marita, recited the first reading and later thanked the staff at Tallaght Hospital for their support and valiant efforts in trying to save her son, “their professionalism and care for Dylan and their kindness to us.” never forget”.
“We are so grateful and overwhelmed by our community, especially the GAA, for the Honor Guard over the past few days. The candlelight vigil (Friday night) was so comforting and an example of why Kilmallock is the best place in Ireland and arguably the world.”
Ms McCarthy also thanked the staff at Portlaoise Hospital and St James’s Hospital in Dublin for treating her husband and Dylan’s father and “best friend” Eamon, who suffered facial injuries in the attack on their son.
“Thanks to the organ donation service who supported the donation and to the Gardai for everything you did for us and to the Garda family liaison officer for keeping us updated with information,” she added.
Father Pat Bluett, Kilmallock, said the entire community was “shocked and stunned” by Mr McCarthy’s death.
“It never seems right that parents should lose a child and we can’t help but feel that God has put things in the wrong order, it’s a tragedy for all involved, a young life needlessly ended and so much suffering, pain and sorrow causes those who loved him so dearly, it’s a tragedy we cannot understand,” he said.
Reading a tribute written by Mr. McCarthy’s family that got the congregation laughing, Father Bluett continued: “Dylan was a legend, well that’s how he described himself.
“He was honest, patient, positive, thoughtful, forgiving, showed gratitude and generosity, was well mannered and showed interest in others – he was all of these and more, and his generosity as an organ donor will live on in four organ recipients – as he would say himself , my legend will live on.
“Dylan will be remembered as hilarious and with a beautiful smile, his laugh was loud and infectious, he was so relaxed he was horizontal, that’s of course until he got on the hurling court.”
Kilmallock GAA and Limerick Hurling were the world to Mr McCarthy, who for the past three years has traveled to Croke Park with his father to watch the Shannonsiders win the Liam MacCarthy Cup, said P Bluett.
The Limerick jersey of local hurler Graeme Mulcahy, who won All Ireland three times in a row and was presented to the family by Mr McCarthy after his death, was placed next to his coffin alongside his own hurley, helmet and sliotar.
Father Bluett said Mr McCarthy “also excelled as a goalkeeper in schools football and won a Munster school rugby medal with CBS Charleville when he scored his first try which was watched by his proud mother”.
“He was the College All-Ireland racquetball champion and regularly wore his jersey with his initials on it,” said P. Bluett.
“After his 29th birthday on June 26, his mother called him and told him he was the best thing that had ever happened to her.”
Local soloist Lisa Finn and pianist Colette Connery-Duggan performed The Cranberries’ “Dreams,” which has become a limerick hurling anthem, while players from the Kilmallock GAA Club performed a guard of honor as their former teammate’s coffin left the church was brought to its final resting place in Dromin Cemetery.
https://www.independent.ie/news/mother-of-dylan-mccarthy-29-tells-his-funeral-she-is-humbled-by-wave-of-support-from-across-the-country-41943230.html Dylan McCarthy’s mother, 29, tells his funeral she is humbled by a wave of support from across the country