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Show funeral Joe Duffy apologises for using 'F'-word on air after talking to priest about N7 crash funeral

'I don't make any judgement about anybody, that's not my place'

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RTE presenter Joe Duffy has apologised for using the ‘F’-word live on air, as he talked to Fr Hugh Kavanagh, who officiated at the funeral of burglar Dean Maguire last week. 

The radio host became frustrated when he quizzed Fr Hugh about the service for Maguire, (29) who died in a burning car alongside his friends Graham Taylor and Carl Freeman earlier this month.

They were killed after driving down the N7 on the wrong side of the road and crashing into a truck.

At his funeral, a torch and screwdriver were brought to the altar during the offertory procession, as well as cigarettes, his cap, newspapers, his keys, a Canada Goose jacket, and his reg plate.

One family member apologised to the priest on the altar “ for the language” before declaring “rest in peace ya f***ing legend”.

A poster which featured a collage of images of the departed burglar reading: "RIP Dean. You know the score, get on the floor, don't be funny, give me the money” later went viral on social media.

A caller to Liveline following the service named Majella said the scenes at the funerals of the three men were "stomach-churning".

When Joe asked was Fr Hugh aware of the controversy surrounding elements of the funeral, Fr Hugh said, "I heard some people have been commenting about the mass.”

When Joe pressed him about his reaction to the controversy, Fr Hugh said: “When I celebrate the funeral mass for a family, it’s a private family occasion, when people gather to pray for their loved ones and to grieve.

“I don't make any judgement about anybody, that's not my place,” he added.

When asked if he believed that the liturgy had been "hijacked", Fr Hugh said he did not want to comment about the funeral mass.

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In relation to the gifts offered at the mass, which included a torch and screwdriver, Fr Hugh said: "When I celebrate the funeral mass, we don’t want to condemn or make a judgment about any person.”

When Joe pressed him about the public reaction to what was considered a “glorification” of criminality, in relation to the offertory gifts, including screwdrivers, and wreathes of Rolex watches, Fr Hugh insisted everybody “has a right to the funeral and also a right to privacy.”

"When I celebrate the funeral mass, it's a religious moment. People bring up gifts which represent the person," Fr Hugh said.

But Joe stated: “You cannot bring gifts up to the altar that represent crime, that represent burgling people.

“You cannot shout from the altar ‘up Foxrock’, you know what that means.

“You're not naive, Fr Hugh, this was a show funeral.”

He added: “Do you think a moment of prayer is somebody from the altar shouting to the crowd ‘come on Dean you f****** legend? Is that religious?”

Fr Hugh continued to refuse to comment and said he needed to go.

Joe apologised later in the broadcast for his use of the offensive word.

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