Funeral of Private Sean Rooney to take place today

Private Seán Rooney – the young Donegal soldier killed while peacekeeping in Lebanon last week will be be laid to rest today.


The 23-year-old will be given full military honours, which will include an escort of 30 people and a firing party.


It’s expected among those involved in these honours will be members of his home unit – the 27th Infantry Battalion in Dundalk.


His remains will be taken from his grandparents’ home in Dundalk, Co Louth for a funeral mass at The Church of the Holy Family at 9am. and will be followed by a burial service in All Saints Church in Colehill, County Donegal.  The cortège will stop at Aiken Barracks in Co Louth where he was stationed before travelling on to Newtowncunningham.

TD and former army ranger Cathal Berry says it’s an opportunity to reflect on the sacrifice soldiers make: