Grief, disbelief, anger – Communities united at funerals of murder victims

There have been emotional scenes this afternoon at the funerals of the two Sligo murder victims, Michael Snee and Aidan Moffitt.

The funerals took place at the same time, in Sligo and in Lisacul in Co. Roscommon.

In his homily at the Funeral Mass for Michael Snee, Fr Noel Rooney, parish priest of St. Joseph’s Church in Ballytivnan, spoke of the sadness, grief, devastation, disbelief, and anger, at Michael’s death
He said it was important not to allow the horror of Michael’s death define his beautiful life. He said Michael was a beautiful, kind, and gentle person. He was much-loved and had a heart filled with love.

Fr Rooney said that last Tuesday, the day his body was discovered, he had cooked a stew for his family and phoned at 6.30pm that evening to ask if they had enjoyed it.

He had planned a visit to Rosses Point with his nephew later that evening, but was cancelled because of the weather. And later that same night, around 10.30pm, his two nieces would make would make the grim discovery.

Aaron Spring, nephew of Michael, spoke of Michael’s love for his family, and said the Moffitt family were also in their thoughts at this time.

Among those in attendance at the funeral was the aide-de-camp to An Taoiseach.

Meanwhile, at the same time, Father Michael McManus, a close friend of the Moffitt family, was the chief celebrant at the Funeral Mass of Aidan Moffitt at Liscul in Co Roscommon.

He said last Tuesday morning was one he would never forget, when he heard of Aidan’s death. Words failed him at this time, he said. He prayed also for the family of Michael Snee.

He said Aidan was a man of great faith and faith would help people get through this difficult time.

While tributes were paid to Aidan by Martin McMahon.

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