Killybegs Parish Priest, Fr Colm Ó Gallchóir, told mourners at the funeral of 19-year-old Ryan O’Shea this morning that his death at such a young age did not fill his family with regret at what might have been but with gratitude at what has been.
Young people from near and far were in the majority in the Church of St Mary of the Visitation for the funeral Mass which was concelebrated by Fr Ó Gallchóir and Fr Hugh McGonagle, Chaplain at Sligo IT, where Ryan had completed two years of a computer degree.
Ryan died after a fall in Spain last week where he was on holidays with his family.
Among the gifts brought to the alter during the ceremony today were Ryan’s fishing rod, a Donegal jersey, and his car keys “which he could never find”.
Fr Colm told mourners that Ryan’s parents, Shaun and Joanne, thought seven years ago that they had lost Ryan through illness. They believed it was a miracle Ryan had not died at that time. He is survived by his parents and brothers, Colm and Rory.