SERVICE FURY Priest who officiated N7 crash victim Dean Maguire’s mass says ‘everyone has right to funeral’
“Everyone has the right to a funeral,” said the priest who performed the funeral of a felon who had a screwdriver in the offertory.
Burglar Dean Maguire died after his automobile went the wrong way down the N7 and hit a lorry.
Also slain were 26-year-old driver Karl Freeman and 31-year-old Graham Taylor.
Gardai had been following the vehicle after it was noticed driving recklessly in the Cheeverstown neighborhood.
However, authorities had to cease pursuing the BMW 3 Series after it joined the highway due to safety concerns.
The three guys, who had accumulated a total of 250 convictions between them, were killed in seconds.
Some of the donations during Maguire’s burial made headlines, including a torch and a screwdriver.
As one banner read at the St Mary’s Priory Church in Tallaght on July 16: “You know the score; get down on the floor; don’t be funny; show me the money,” so did another at the liturgy.
‘NOT MY PLACE TO JUDGE ANYBODY’
Even though he wasn’t officiating, Fr Donal Roche told Liveline that it was the most unsettling liturgy he’d ever been to. People were restless, and the priest presiding the ceremony had his work cut out for him.
However, the celebrant, Fr Hugh Kavanagh, stated he didn’t want to pass judgment.
“I’ve heard some people have been commenting around the funeral of course,” Joe Duffy remarked when he spoke to him.
“My initial instinct is that a funeral mass that I celebrate for a family is a private family event.
“People get together to pray for the departed and to express their grief.
“We pray for Dean Maguire’s family members, including his wife, children, parents, siblings, and extended relatives, on this day of mourning.
“In addition, I don’t pass judgment on anyone; that’s not my job. As a funeral director, the most important thing for me is to commemorate the occasion and place the deceased’s soul in the hands of Almighty God.”
‘GLORIFICATION OF CRIMINALITY’
I don’t believe the liturgy was hijacked, but I’d simply say we celebrated the funeral mass,” he remarked when asked if it had become a “show funeral,” via the New York Times.
“As a funeral director, I’ve witnessed a variety of events that, when taken out of context, may cast a different perspective on the deceased’s passing.
When a female member of the audience yelled that the death was a “f***ing legend,” RTE anchor Duffy criticized the behavior and stated people are angered by “what they perceive is the glamour of criminality.”
As for the rest of us: “Everyone has the right to have a funeral and also the right to privacy as well.”
“If any of us had a funeral, I doubt we’d want others to question it and pass judgment on the family.
It was an “exceptional public” since the procession broke lights and sparked mayhem outside the church, but the priest remarked, “What happened before that had nothing to do with the funeral liturgy and what transpired outside the church……
At every funeral, there are times when people bring up particular emblems or presents that symbolize the deceased, and this is the case at all funerals. ”
Then he said, “I’m not going to rule out the possibility of a funeral mass, but I’m also not going to rule it out.”