They came from far and near to say farewell to Eamon Carroll at the funeral Mass at St Mary’s Church Ravensdale on Friday morning last.
Friends, neighbours, people from sporting organisations all over the county, attended the Mass for Eamon, who tragically lost his life in a road accident in the early hours of Tuesday of last week.
During the Mass, Very Rev Padraig Murphy, PP Ravensdale, spoke of the deep sadness felt by the parish, and the community far beyond.
“A dark cloud descended over our parish last Tuesday morning,” Fr Murphy said. “In Eamon, God gave us a great gift. We should be grateful for all God has given us in Eamon’s all too short life. Eamon’s death came in darkness, without warning.”
Fr Murphy recalled talking with Eamon at the St Pat’s celebrations the previous Sunday when the team won the Joe Ward Cup, and how, when he was called out to the scene of the tragedy early the following Tuesday morning, he never realised he would be confronted with the death of a young parishioner.
“We cannot find words to express our suffering,” he told the huge congregation. “Whenever that sequence of life is violated it deeply disturbs, not only our emotions, but our intellects as well. Hearts are broken and minds are confused. It seems so senseless and cruel when someone is taken so tragically.
“When a young person like Eamon dies we are inclined to say: “what a pity he was taken in his prime, before he accomplished all that he wanted in life”. In other words, we speak of promise rather than actual achievement.
“Every young person, no matter how brief their stay among us, has already borne some fruit and in some cases, considerable fruit, as did Eamon in his short life.
“To live as he lived, with enthusiasm and optimism, with joy and contentment, is in fact equivalent to having lived to a ripe old age. It shows that it is not length of life that matters, but the intensity and quality of that life.
“We speak of the promise rather than the achievement when young people are taken. Life was all before him. He was full of vitality. Yet, we should be grateful for all the joys he brought us. We will never forget that smile. He was thoughtful, kind, not envious or proud.”
Fr Murtagh also recalled that only a few weeks after he came to the parish in 2007, during the celebrations when St Pat’s had won the Joe Ward Cup in that year, Eamon came over and welcomed him to the parish.
“He was the essence of courtesy and good manners at all times,” Fr Murtagh said.
The Mass was concelebrated by Very Rev Padraig Keenan, PP Haggardstown-Blackrock, and Rev Oliver Stanfield, Faughart.
The symbols presented during the Mass included Eamon’s St Pat’s jersey and other fond sporting mementoes. They were presented by Fiona Connor, Francis Carroll, Ryan Wills, James McCamley.
The first reading from Samuel was read by Peter Carroll, the second reading by Olivia Gaskin. The prayers of intercession were given by David Barry, Anne Marie Carroll, Mark Hanratty, Sean O’Connor, Siobhan Cheshire, Claire Callaghan. The offertory gifts presented by Sinead Wills and Grace McCamley. The singers were Ann Carroll, Catherine Loughran, organist Fidelma Bellew, guitar, Walter Robinson, and violinists were Emer Heeney and Blaithin Cahill.
St Patrick’s GFC escorted the cortege to St Mary’s and Bellurgan United and members of St Patrick’s senior ladies team formed guards of honour as the funeral made its way to and through Calvary cemetery.
Eamon is survived by his parents Joe and Geraldine, brother Francis, sisters Grace, Sinead and Fiona, brothers-in-law Ciaran, Damian and Mark, sister-in-law Ann Marie, uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces.