Mourners at Tuesday’s funeral for Kathleen and Jimmy Cuddihy were told to pray for one another in the months ahead.
“This is where a parish community that prays is at its best – refusing to be broken or to pretend that nothing has happened, helping one another to find peace with the past and to build hope for the future,” Bishop Donal McKeown, bishop of Derry, said.
“Pray that this tragedy will not crush any one. Give faith to our young people so that they too in their time will have the faith, hope and love that they will need to see them through difficult points in their adult lives,” he said.”
The funeral was held on Tuesday at Sacred Heart Church in Carndonagh. The bodies of Mr. and Mrs. Cuddihy were found in their Carndonagh home last Thursday morning.
“We hear about terrible events every day in the media. Most of them pass us by. But when something tragic happens in our own community then it can really shake us,” Bishop McKeown said. “Today we gather in our confusion to mark one such event.”
He said the deaths of the much-loved, retired couple, “caused tears, fear and anxiety in this parish and far beyond it. We gather round the Cuddihy family in their terrible pain and loss. But, as we gather to pay our sympathies to the extended family, we also recognise what effect their deaths have had on very many people.”
The bishop said these days are painful. “But as a faith community, you have had to face many difficult times. You will continue to be with the family over the next weeks and months. You will support one another in the midst of fears and anxieties,” he said. “You will be sensitive to those who had to deal with the aftermath of the deaths.”
The couple’s son Julian (42) was charged with Mr. and Mrs. Cuddihy’s murder at a special sitting of Ballyshannon District Court on Friday night.