Hundreds mourn assault victim

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Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral Mass on Monday of 63-year-old Michael McGeown. Mr McGeown had been injured in an assault on Friday 28 February at Fagan’s Bar Dundalk. He died last Thursday 6 March.

Mr McGeown’s funeral Mass, which was held at St Mary’s Church Ravensdale, was celebrated by Fr Padraig Murphy and Fr Michael Cusack.

Fr Murphy told mourners that Michael’s death is a reminder how little life is regarded in today’s society.

“Michael’s death is a reminder to us that life is considered so cheap by many in today’s society,” Fr Murphy said.

“Nothing could have anticipated Michael’s untimely death. Nobody would wish this tragic death on any person.

“We hear of such tragic deaths everyday. But it is not until such tragedies arrive on our own doorstep or neighbourhood that we realise and understand the grief and suffering it brings.”

Fr Murphy told mourners that Michael was a quiet man who worked as a barman in Bridge Street, a man who lived a normal life.

“Michael was a private man,” Fr Murphy said, “He lived a normal quiet life. He enjoyed the casual things in his life.

“He enjoyed a pint, playing darts and watching football.”

There were heartbreaking scenes at the end of the Mass as Michael’s coffin was brought out of the church for burial at St Patrick’s cemetery, Dundalk.

Michael is survived by his children Michael, Lisa and Christopher, grandchildren Eamon, Christopher and Olivia and siblings, Sarah, Paddy, and Rena as well as a wide circle of friends.

Michael, from Toberona and formerly of Drumnacarra, Ravensdale, was injured in an assault at Fagan’s Pub on the Castletown Road on February 28 . He died last Thursday in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda.



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