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Tributes paid to tragic Peter Burns who went missing in Denmark as funeral details announced

'Peter will be sorely missed by his wonderful friends and colleagues from the hospitality sector where he worked for many years as chef'

Peter Burns RIP

Neil Fetherstonhaugh

Dozens of condolences have been left for tragic Meath man Peter Burns (29) whose body was recovered from the waters off the harbour of the Danish city of Aarhus last week.

Peter, who went missing on the night of December 5, 2021, will be laid to rest following a celebration of his life which is due to take place in Dublin next week.

A major water search had been launched after the chef from Dunboyne, Co Meath, vanished following a night out socialising with colleagues.

East Jutland Police said they had searched intensively for the Irishman, and the Danish Navy's diving service, the local university's research ship 'Aurora' and several police water search dogs took part in a major operation that was later stood down.

However, at 1.09pm Danish time on January 17, a member of the public contacted police to say they had seen a body in the water at a building called Navitas, which is where Mr Burns was last seen on CCTV.

Police later confirmed that the body of missing Irish man had been found.

A death notice on RIP.ie states that the death has occurred of Peter Burns of Dunboyne, Meath /Glasnevin, Dublin.

“Dearly beloved son of John and Jane Burns and devoted twin brother of Katie,” it reads.

“Peter will be so terribly missed by his loving and heartbroken family, his aunts and uncles Ellen & Frank McHugh, Kevin & Ann Burns, Gerard Burns and his dear cousins Paul McGovern, Soirse and Eorann Burns.

“Predeceased by his grandparents Frank and Peggy Miskell, Jim and Anne Burns, also his uncles Michael, Richard and Frankie.”

The notice reveals how Peter, who was born in Dublin, moved with his family to Dunboyne, Co Meath in 1999 where he attended the local primary school, followed by St Peter’s Secondary School.

Peter moved to Denmark in October 2021 with his sister to gain international experience working as a chef.

“It was in Denmark he met with a tragic accident in early December 2021,” it adds.

“Peter will be sorely missed by his wonderful friends and colleagues from the hospitality sector where he worked for many years as chef. We love you so much. Sleep well dear Peter.

A celebration of Peter’s life will take place in the Victorian Chapel, Mount Jerome Crematorium, Harold’s Cross at 10 am on Friday, January 28.

The service will be followed by the burial of Peter’s ashes at 12.15pm with his grandparents in Moorechurch Cemetery, Whitecross Glebe, in Julianstown, Co Meath.

In the condolences section, people have left messages including one that reads: “I can only imagine the overwhelming grief you are going through. John, and Jane, at the loss of your precious child, and Katie, at the loss of your brother, and closest friend.

Peter Burns

“May the memories of the times you had with Peter help you through this. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.”

Another adds: “Such a devastating loss, must seem nearly impossible to bear. I pray that the Blessed Mother, who knew the pain of losing a son, will shelter and comfort you every day.”

Another person has written: “We are so very sorry for the tragic loss of Peter. Jane, John and Katie know that so many people on both sides of the pond are praying for you. May Peter Rest In Peace and may God give you strength and comfort in the days ahead.”

One person has offered their “sincere sympathies, “to Sean, Jane and Katie and all the extended family on the sad passing of Peter. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, and your family at this sad time. Rest in peace Peter.”

“My deepest heartfelt condolences to John, Jane & Katie," another adds. "John spoke almost every day about Peter in work, it was obvious how proud he was of his boy. May Peter rest in peace.”

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