A huge crowd of mourners gathered in Acres Church, Burtonport last Friday, to bid farewell to the late Sean McBride who died in Australia just over two weeks ago.
28-year-old Sean was laid to rest in Belcruit cemetery after the funeral mass celebrated by his uncle Fr Brendan McBride, who returned from the United States following the tragedy.
It is understood Sean died while taking down scaffolding in the town of Dampier in Western Australia. His body was recovered from the wharf where he was working some time later.
Following his return home last Wednesday evening, very large crowds of his friends and relatives visited his family home for his wake.
Due to the large number of mourners who attended last Friday’s funeral a video link was set up to the local community centre where the overflow crowd gathered near the packed church.
Chief celebrant Fr. McBride was joined by Burtonport Parish Priest Fr. Pat Ward, Fr. Donacha O’Baoill, Fr. Matt McInerney, Fr. Brian Logue, Fr. Brian Quinn, with Fr. Michael Herrity joining the congregation.
The very moving eulogy was read by Sean’s nephew, Noel.
Speaking after the funeral local parish priest, Fr Pat Ward said the family were very grateful to those in Australia who helped bring them comfort with a constant stream of communication on the situation.
He said the news from Perth-based priest Fr Joe Walsh that a pod of dolphins kept a vigil over Seans body until it was recovered from the water was of great significance to his mother Sylvia and she drew great comfort from their actions as her son had a special affection for dolphins since he was a young boy.
“The level of contact from Australia was second to none and it really supported the family in their grief to know that he was being cared for in such a good way,” Fr Ward said yesterday.