“And so, a bit like Good Friday, darkness is having its day. But the light is there and like the rising Son, it will become brighter and brighter until there is only the Light of Resurrection," – Fr Kevin Doherty.
The recent instruction from the HSE obligating medical staff to inform pregnant women about the limitations of foetal anomaly tests has regrettably come too late for at least one baby – Eilís Mulroy.
Funeral for Stephen Marron – the affable father, sacristan and community worker from Castleblaney – takes place on Saturday.
The funeral Mass for Alan and Clodagh Hawe and their three children, Liam (13), Niall (11) and Ryan (6) has taken place at St Mary’s Church, Castlerahan in Co Cavan.
“There are no adequate words in the face of such pain” - Bishop Donal McKeown of Derry.
“The extended family, the Traveller community, which is very close-knit, and the wider community is feeling the enormity of this and the pain of it.”
“I hope and pray that those who have been so suddenly bereaved have felt something of God’s gentle touch in the support, sympathy and solidarity of a nation."
The deaths of Jimmy and Kathleen Cuddihy “have caused tears, fear and anxiety in this parish and far beyond it” - Bishop Donal McKeown.
"To see your own child dead is just unimaginable" - Fr Tom Naughton