The late Joseph McGettigan. Photo Frank McGettigan.
By Staff Reporter
The mother of tragic road victim, Joseph McGettigan, who was laid to rest on Wednesday afternoon said her son had “a zest for life and grabbed it with both hands”.
Joseph, 21, late of Kilconnell, Glebe, Kilmacrennan died following a road traffic crash between Kilmacrennan and Churchill in the early hours of Saturday morning.
At the end of his funeral Mass at St Columba's Church, Kilmacrennan, which was packed to overflowing, his mother, Eileen McGettigan, addressed the congregation.
She said her late son was a caring person who had a “loving personality” and was very close with his family including, his parents, Eileen and Lawrence, sisters Sarah Marie Almond, Lorraine, Marguerite, Mary and Hannah and brother, Lawrence.
She added that his girlfriend, Louise, whom he was dating since he was 16-years-old, was his “number one” and that “he adored the ground she walked on”.
She said the family moved to Kilmacrennan from London when Joseph was one year old.
“He grew up surrounded by his cousins, uncles, aunties, and very good grandparents from both the Kelly and McGettigan families,” she added.
She said he worked in London for a short time after he left school, but missed home and his girlfriend. He subsequently worked along with his cousin in their insulation business on his return.
She said he was “always coming and going” and was very proud of buying his own house and some land to develop at such a young age, and he had many plans for the future.
She said she wanted to say how proud she and her family were of their son and brother, and they were glad to have had 21 years with him.
“We love and miss you, and we will never forget you. Sleep tight until we meet again,” Mrs McGettigan said.
She extended her sincere thanks to everyone for their support in recent days.
Fr Paddy Dunne, PP Kilmacrennan, said Joseph was a hard working young man and a fun-filled person who was “full of life”.
He said as well as being a “workhorse”, he loved his music, dancing and socialising with his friends.
Cloud of darkness
He said the news of his sudden passing was a very sad occasion and came over the community like “a cloud of darkness”. He added the community were of great support to the family over the week.
Gifts of Joseph's work tools, a high visibility vest and a pair of sunglasses were brought up during the ceremony and placed before a picture of the family.
The church and local school, where a link was established to cater for the exceptionally large crowd, were filled to overflowing.
His hearse had floral tributes saying “Brother” and “Boyfriend”.
Many of Joseph's close friends and relatives wore matching pink neck ties for the funeral.
He was laid to rest in the adjoining graveyard.