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Emotional scenes as 15-year-old Plumbridge boy with ‘heart of gold’ is laid to rest beside his father

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Emotional scenes as 15-year-old Plumbridge boy with ‘heart of gold’ is laid to rest beside his father thumbnail

The grief experienced after the traumatic loss of his father must have gone beyond what he could have coped with, Parish Priest, Rev Brian Donnelly, told mourners at the Requiem Mass for 15-year-old Aodhan Ward, in a packed Sacred Heart Church, Plumbridge, on Friday morning.
In an emotional and reflective homily, Fr Donnelly spoke of the 15-year-old's attempts to weave some understanding into how his late father, Nishi, had passed away in a farm accident seven months earlier. Sadly his young son passed away on Monday of last week in tragic and untimely circumstances.
The news that a second tragedy in such a short space of time had been visited upon the Ward family plunged the entire local area into one of sadness and disbelief. Hundreds called to the family home last week from far and wide to pay their respects.
There were emotional scenes at the family home at  Landahussy Road, Lisnacreight, on Friday morning as the funeral cortège made its way to the local church. Many of his friends took it in turn to carry the coffin from the house to the hearse. It was led by the same red tractor Aodhán drove ahead of his own father Nishi's funeral last November. This time the driver was his cousin, Ciaran McNulty, who was accompanied on the short journey by Aodhán's sisters.
The village of Plumbridge also came to a standstill as local volunteers from Glenelly St Joseph's GFC marshalled the route and ensured the smooth final journey and allowed the huge congregation make its way to Sacred Heart Church uninterrupted.
Full story in this week's Tyrone Constitution...

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