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'Loss and horror' Priest issues plea for killing to stop at funeral of Ballyfermot shooting victim Michael Tormey

"They need to confess, they need to admit what they've done."

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Funeral of Michael Tormey took place this morning at the Our Lady of Assumption, Ballyfermot. pic Paul Nicholls 15/01/2022

Funeral of Michael Tormey took place this morning at the Our Lady of Assumption, Ballyfermot. pic Paul Nicholls 15/01/2022

Funeral of Michael Tormey took place this morning at the Our Lady of Assumption, Ballyfermot. pic Paul Nicholls 15/01/2022

THOSE who kill need to stop and need to be caught, the funeral mass of “gentle giant” Michael Tormey has heard.

The 49-year-old father-of-two, who was shot dead in Ballyfermot last Sunday, was one of three people to be brutally murdered in Ireland in less than a week.

A man and a woman known to Mr Tormey were arrested by gardai in connection with the murder on Thursday and were being questioned last night.

The suspects, who are a couple, are involved in criminality and gardai are investigating whether they became embroiled in a dispute with Mr Tormey.

Mr Tormey was described as a gentle giant without a bad bone in his body and his family said they couldn’t understand why he was killed at his funeral mass at the Church of the Assumption in Ballyfermot on Saturday.

Fr Adrian Egan said the killing needs to stop in the wake of a horrific few days when John O’Neill was found dead at his home in Lisdoonvarna, Mr Tormey was shot dead in Ballyfermot and Ashling Murphy was murdered in Tullamore.

“Places as different and diverse and as far away from each other have all shared the same horrible experience during this last week – Lisdoonvarna, Ballyfermot, Tullamore,” said Fr Egan.

“At the point of stating the obvious and something we all know, and yes, it must be said because our children need to hear it, our young people need to hear us and every one of us need to hear human life. all human life created and made in the image of God is sacred and is precious.

"And nobody has a right to take no one the deliberate taking of that life by another is wrong. It's the greatest sin that anyone can commit in the world. It's mortal sin. It's the ultimate blasphemy.”

Fr Egan said the killing needs to stop.

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Michael Tormey

Michael Tormey

Michael Tormey

“Those who kill need to stop those who killed who break that law need to be caught. They need to confess they need to admit what they've done.

"They need to put themselves in the way of justice. And they need to spend the rest of their lives atoning and begging for forgiveness.

“Because ultimately, though they take a life of somebody on this earth ultimately, their life eternally is lost for what they've done, for all eternity.”

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He said good will ultimately overcome evil.

“We who remain and feel the loss and the horror of what happened we will not let what happened to John or to Ashley or to Michael, define us or who we are or our families or our communities we will rise above it and we will redeem because we will respond to the horror of what's happened with the dignity and the grace of our prayer and our love and our support.”

Mr Tormey was one of seven siblings and was the cherished husband of Amy and loving father to Shauna, Kaitlyn and Kodie.

Fr Egan said Mr Tormey was one of the nicest and caring people that anyone could come across and said he could talk for Ireland.

He said his family talked about how he loved looking sharp and had a cheekiness and confidence to him.

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Funeral of Michael Tormey at the Our Lady of Assumption ,Ballyfermot. pic Paul Nicholls 15/01/2022

Funeral of Michael Tormey at the Our Lady of Assumption ,Ballyfermot. pic Paul Nicholls 15/01/2022

Funeral of Michael Tormey at the Our Lady of Assumption ,Ballyfermot. pic Paul Nicholls 15/01/2022

He met his wife Amy in Chasers pub in Ballyfermot. Fr Egan told how Mr Tormey spotted Amy in the pub and when she went to the toilet, he approached her friend to ask what Amy was drinking.

“When he heard that she was drinking a bottle of wine, he didn't buy her a drink.

"But he did have the cheek to leave his number on a note and leave it there for her when she came back. And thus began a love story that culminated in Amy marrying Mick in 2019.”

Mourners also heard how he looked after his father before he died and was always around to help out neighbours.

The mass heard how he loved belting out karaoke tunes, had a passion for Burger Bite sandwiches and Turkish Delight, loved to look well and most of all loved his family.

His brother Brian described him as “a big teddy bear” who brought so much joy to those who knew him and he couldn’t understand why he was killed.

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Funeral of Michael Tormey at the Our Lady of Assumption ,Ballyfermot. pic Paul Nicholls 15/01/2022

Funeral of Michael Tormey at the Our Lady of Assumption ,Ballyfermot. pic Paul Nicholls 15/01/2022

Funeral of Michael Tormey at the Our Lady of Assumption ,Ballyfermot. pic Paul Nicholls 15/01/2022

He joked about how Mr Tormey tried to put up wallpaper for his mam once and when they came down the next morning the wallpaper was on the floor and had to be put up by someone else and Mr Tormey never tried to put up wallpaper again.

“He was also very generous. He bought me my first United jersey and first United tracksuit with his first job and his first pay packet.

"I loved it and wore it until the threats came off. I’ll never forget that.

“He was nice and had nothing but laughter and I can’t understand why this was done.

“I know he’s up there with my da and my da is up there welcoming him with open arms and cup of tea. Bro, I’m going to miss you.

"You’ll always be in my heart and your laughter and great soul will carry with me forever.”

His daughter Shauna told of all the happy memoires she had of her father including how he would tuck her in every night with a kiss and a story.

“He would sing Phil Collins with me until we had no voice left.

"He would swing me so high on the pole I would literally be sitting on the lamp.

"He taught me how to ride a bike how to jump over a river which my mam was not happy about.

"He taught me how to rollerblade and every single week he would bring me down to Marley Park to try to get me to go down the hill because I was terrified.

"There was nobody else in the world who enjoyed a Meanie sandwich or a Burger Bite sandwich with me and you’d always have room for more than one.

"I will always miss you I will always love you rest easy Dad love your little princess Shauna.”

His step-daughter Kaitlyn said that when Mr Tormey came into her life six years ago, he brought so much happiness to her family.

“I knew Mick as well as I knew myself.

"He was always a fun man without a bad bone in him and he always had a story to tell. He always made me smile when I didn’t know what a smile was.

"He came into my mam’s life and changed our lives for the better. He will be loved and missed by each and every one of us.”

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