The funerals of Sligo victims Aidan Moffitt and Michael Snee are taking place today

The funerals of Sligo victims Aidan Moffitt and Michael Snee will be held simultaneously this afternoon.

Other men died violent deaths last week. Aidan Moffitt, 41, was found dead at his home in Cartron Heights in the town of Sligo on Monday night.

The body of Michael Snee, 58, was found at his home in the City View estate on Connaughton Road on Tuesday evening.

On Thursday, a man was charged with murder in connection with the deaths of the two men.

Aidan Moffitt’s move from the Sharkey Funeral Home in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon, takes place this morning at 11.30am at Christ the King Church for the 12pm funeral service.

A note on said the auctioneer, who played a leading role in the Fine Gael party locally, will be “sadly missed and will be fondly remembered by his heartbroken family”.

Michael Snee’s move from his family home in Cartron Point, Sligo, will take place at 11.30am on Monday at St Joseph’s Church in Ballytivnan for the 12pm funeral service.

The obituary on said Mr Snee had died from his mother Phil and he was his father John’s “dearly loved” son.

The message continued: “Dear brother of Mary and Tina. Dear uncle of Aaron, Shannon and Sophie. Sadly missed by his loving family; Brother-in-law Francis, aunts Marie and Kitty, cousins, relatives and friends.”

A series of vigils for both men were held across the country over the weekend, with more memorial services planned for this week.

On Friday, the Dublin and Sligo vigils drew thousands of people who have traveled from far and wide to remember Michael Snee and Aidan Moffitt and to support their families and each other.

Speaking at the event in the city of Sligo on Friday, Sligo Pride leader Caitriona Bonner said there had been a sense of sadness in the city in recent days.

“We would like to thank everyone for the solidarity, the support from the wider communities across Ireland has been overwhelming and we are incredibly humbled,” she said.

A further four vigils will be held across Ireland tonight at 6pm.


The vigil for Michael Snee and Aidan Moffitt in Sligo on Friday. Photo: Mark Condren

Services are held in The Square in Tralee, Kerry, Arthur’s Quay Park in Limerick, Bishop Lacey Park in Cork and Arklow Bandstand in Wicklow.

Meanwhile, a vigil was organized for Tom Ruane Park in Ballina, Co. Mayo at 9 p.m. Wednesday night.

Over the weekend, Michael D. Higgins, in attendance, offered his support to members of the LGBTQI+ community.

President Higgins offered his “deepest condolences” to members of the public affected by the deaths of Aidan Moffitt and Michael Snee.

He said that “terrible” recent events have shed a light on homophobia in Ireland, where “heartbreaking … members of the gay community are being confronted with homophobic comments and slurs that often go unchallenged”.

He added: “We have to do better.”

President Higgins continued, “So many of our thoughts have been with our LGBTQI+ community over the past few days and it is very heartening to see so much solidarity pouring out with them. I know this will have brought comfort to many people at a time of great need and I would like to offer my deepest support and condolences to all those who have been directly affected by a series of appalling recent events.

“It is important that we take this opportunity to think more deeply about the public space that we are creating as a society and the freedom and security within it. When it comes to behavior, freedom and expressions of affection, is it an equal space for members of the LGBTQI+ community?

“Seven years ago next month, we will remember how the public overwhelmingly voted to grant full and equal marriage rights to members of the LGBTQI+ community. This was an important and significant milestone and a clear statement by the people of Ireland that everyone is entitled to equal legal recognition of their relationships, regardless of their sexual orientation.

“Yet seven years later, when it comes to behavior, we still hear far too regularly that members of the gay community are confronted with homophobic comments and slurs, often unchallenged. It is heartbreaking to hear friends or family members tell us that they feel uncomfortable holding their partner’s, husband’s or wife’s hand in public.

“This suggests an environment that somehow allows a person’s sexuality to be tolerated by law, but not allowed to be expressed. We have to do better.

“Perhaps a challenge beyond the recent horrific events is to address the lethargy that prevents members of the LGBTQI+ community in Irish society from fully expressing themselves as citizens.

“As we move forward, there is certainly a need to address the roots of the assumptions that underpin these exclusions and such authoritarian acts in our communities, and to consider what individual and collective actions we can take to create a freer, more diverse and more inclusive space Our communities are built on respect for equality and difference, not only in our laws but also in our words and deeds. In doing so, we will all benefit from the provision of such full participation in our common life by all our citizens.” The funerals of Sligo victims Aidan Moffitt and Michael Snee are taking place today

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