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It breaks our hearts to lose you all

NewsBy Patrick O'Connell
It breaks our hearts to lose you all

Two families yesterday united in grief as they mourned the deaths of murder suicide victims Clodagh Hawe her sons Liam, Niall and Ryan and their dad Alan.

On a brooding overcast day, the feelings of desolation and incomprehension were almost palpable at St Mary’s Church in Cavan as Fr Felim Kelly in his funeral eulogy tried to make sense for his parishioners of the inexplicable tragedy.

Yesterday, he asked the hardest of questions.

“How so much goodness could be destroyed?  

“How such happiness could be invaded?  

“How?  

“Why?”

But on a day, he said, that was not about seeking answers to these questions, he instead asked mourners “to focus on two families united in support and brokenness, sharing the burden, bewildered, pained and yet heroic.

“How much more,” he asked “can a family endure?”

“Castlerahan may be at the centre of the world today,”he said “but it is also the centre of many many people’s thoughts and prayers and good will.”

Less than a week ago the Hawe family had celebrated Sunday mass with their community in the same limestone church in Castlerahan.

Now, six days later, a shaken community returned to say goodbye.

READ PAT O'CONNELL'S FULL MOVING ACCOUNT OF THIS TERRIBLE TRAGEDY IN TODAY'S SUNDAY WORLD.