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'natural talent' Tributes paid to stabbing victim Shane Murphy as father Weeshie remains in hospital 

The mass celebrant also asked for forgiveness for "him who caused the death of Shane"

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The remains of Shane Murphy are carried from the church following his funeral in Carrigaline, Co. Cork
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The remains of Shane Murphy are carried from the church following his funeral in Carrigaline, Co. Cork Pic Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

The remains of Shane Murphy are carried from the church following his funeral in Carrigaline, Co. Cork Pic Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

The funeral of pitch and putt champion Shane Murphy, who was stabbed to death at his home in Co Cork, heard of his special bond with his father.

Weeshie Murphy, who was also injured in the incident in Carrigaline last weekend, remains in Cork University Hospital as he recovers.

At Shane’s funeral mass in the Church of Our Lady and St John on Saturday, mourners heard how much Shane was adored by his proud father, late mother Marie, his brother Brian and his late brother Mark.

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The remains of Shane Murphy are carried from the church following his funeral in Carrigaline, Co. Cork
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Provision 020422 The remains of Shane Murphy are carried from the church following his funeral in Carrigaline, Co. Cork Pic Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Provision 020422 The remains of Shane Murphy are carried from the church following his funeral in Carrigaline, Co. Cork Pic Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

“Today were thinking of Weeshie, we pray for his recovery in hospital where he is improving and is being well cared for,” the mass celebrant said.

“We think too of how Jesus spoke from the cross ‘father, forgive them’, he prayed for those who caused his death by crucifixion,” adding: “Likewise we pray with Jesus today, father, forgive him who caused the death of Shane.”

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Shane’s 42-year-old brother has been charged with his murder, and the attempted murder of his father Weeshie.

Family and friends attending the funeral mass wore Liverpool jerseys and scarves while the altar was adorned with red and white flowers.

A guard of honour was provided by Rebel Pitch & Putt who wore the Cork county colours.

The picture of Shane that sat on his coffin showed him wearing his beloved Liverpool shirt as he attended a football match.

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Mementos of his life brought up to the altar included a Liverpool shirt to represent his love for the club.

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Other mementos were a club and ball, a trophy and a PlayStation controller.

Paying tribute to the Pitch & Putt champion, chairman of Rocklodge Pitch & Putt club John Tracey said that he was a talented and humble man.

“These words were written by one of Shane’s former inter-county colleagues and teammates Frank Dineen of the St Anne’s club,” he said.

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Tanya, sister (centre) and family as the remains of Shane Murphy are carried from the church following his funeral in Carrigaline, Co. Cork
Pic Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Tanya, sister (centre) and family as the remains of Shane Murphy are carried from the church following his funeral in Carrigaline, Co. Cork Pic Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Tanya, sister (centre) and family as the remains of Shane Murphy are carried from the church following his funeral in Carrigaline, Co. Cork Pic Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

“Apart from his love of friends, family and his beloved Liverpool, Shane had one other passion in life, a passion shared with his father Weeshie.

“A sport that brought father and son together and allowed Weeshie to demonstrate his pride in his son's achievements every time they set foot on a pitch and putt course.

“Shane was a champion one of the best of his generation having achieved so much in pitch and putt in such a short time he was foremost a competitor displaying a natural talent that was the envy of pitch and putt players all over the world.”

He shared how Shane “confidently strode into his light as a national champion” at a competition in 2016.

“He would have been a star, with Weesh, as Shane liked to call him, encouraging him and driving him on.”

“For those of us lucky to be there, that hug between father and son told us of pride and the bond that they shared together no one was happier than Weeshie,” he said.

“It seems to all that Shane’s winning was more for his dad than it was for himself.”

“I think all of us in the last few days have been lucky enough to see still photographs or films of that famous day and the famous hug,” John continued.

Shane’s 42-year-old brother John has been charged with his murder, and the attempted murder of his father Weeshie.

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