Emotional scenes as John McLaughlin is laid to rest

St Mary’s Church, Ballybrack was filled to overflowing last Thursday for the funeral mass of John McLaughlin (Rustard), the 38 year old father of two killed in a road traffic collision near Malin last Monday.

John lived in Greencastle with his wife Margaret and children Niamh (4) and Seán (2), and the couple are expecting their third child in the summer.

Fr Peter Devlin said that the mourners were burdened by a great sense of loss, sadness and grief, and left with lots of questions.

“We are left wondering why someone who attempted to live his life as a loving father, husband, brother, son, neighbour and friend could be taken so suddenly and so tragically,” he said in his sermon.

“His death is apparently senseless.

“He was a gentleman, yet his death was tragic.”

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Donna Roddy