THE PARTNER of a man who died tragically last weekend - after being hit by a truck on the Ennis Road - has vowed to take care of his mother for the rest of his life.
Mark Bromell, 27, from Old Cross Roads, Thomondgate, died after he was hit by a truck after leaving a wedding party in the Radisson hotel in the early hours of Saturday morning.
The accident happened at around 6.45am on the in-bound lane of the Ennis Road between the Radisson Blu Hotel and the Coonagh Roundabout, after he had walked away from the hotel in the early hours of the morning.
Speaking at his funeral mass in St Munchin’s church this Wednesday, his partner Daniel paid tribute to Mark, “the most loving, caring, thoughtful person”.
“You’re the most important person in my life. I promise to take care of your mother for the rest of my life; you always were a Mammy’s boy. You were my first boyfriend and you will be my last. I will treasure every day that we spent together,” he told the hundreds of mourners who had gathered to pay their respects.
Mark and Daniel had only known each other for about a year, but Fr Tony O’Riordan, who presided over the funeral mass, said their relationship was an example of the power of love, and said they brought out the best in one another.
“Your time together was cut all too short, but it’s a marvellous thing you have been part of,” said Fr O’Riordan.
“Mark was very much loved, and he loved much. He changed his life around in very significant ways, and that takes a lot of strength. He was in calmer waters in the last year.”
He said last Saturday morning Mark’s mother was making her way to the Milk Market, and his father John was going out to work, and life was going on as normal.
“Life was calmer, we were planning other things, we were on a calmer lake, and suddenly out of nowhere came the scary squall. Mark was dead. The sudden and devastating news tossed you around, the calm water from underneath you was taken.
“But in the past few days there’s a glimmer of calm about you, a glimmer of trust, a glimmer of acceptance...visit that place, it will carry you through. Mark is free from the storms of this life, and enjoys an eternal calm and summer days.”
A “memory box” of some of his personal items was brought to the altar. “Memories become a bridge between heaven and earth,” added Fr O’Riordan. Among the items were family photos, with his siblings, and with Daniel, his certificate as slimmer of the week with Slimming World.
Ballynanty Rovers FC cancelled all their sporting fixtures over the weekend in sympathy with the family who have had a long association with the northside club.
Gardai say he was walking on the hard shoulder when he was hit by a rigid truck; they are treating it as “a tragic, unfortunate accident”. The driver of the truck was not injured, and was offered treatment for shock and trauma.
Councillor Frankie Daly said he knew Mark since he was four years of age, and paid tribute to a “lovely, caring, kind and cheerful friend, who no one had a bad word to say about”.
One of six children, Mark’s older brother Ger made the emotional journey from Australia for his funeral. He is survived by his parents Anne and John, sisters Karen and Alice, brothers Stephen, Ger and youngest brother Jamie, a footballer with Ballynanty Rovers, and won a scholarship to go the States this summer. He was bured in Mount Saint Oliver Cemetery.