'Soulmates': Murdered Limerick biker and his partner are 'together again'

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

Catherine Danaher and her murdered partner are “together again where there will be no more pain, tears, or death”, Canon Tom Ryan said at her funeral Mass

Catherine Danaher and her murdered partner are “together again where there will be no more pain, tears, or death”, Canon Tom Ryan said at her funeral Mass

LIMERICK woman Catherine Danaher and her murdered partner are “together again where there will be no more pain, tears, or death”, said Canon Tom Ryan at her funeral Mass.

Ms Danaher, aged 43, passed away in her sleep in Murroe last week.

The Cappamore lady was laid to rest with her “soulmate” – Andrew O’Donoghue – after her funeral Mass in Murroe church on Saturday morning.

Two years ago the biker’s funeral Mass took place in the same church after he was killed at the gates of the Road Tramps motorcycle club at Mountfune, Murroe.

“We all feel broken and saddened. For the past few days people have been standing around stunned and silent. The crowd that gathers here this morning are showing their love, respect and support for those in mourning. We stand beside this grieving family,” Canon Ryan told a full church on a drizzly and dark November day.

“I’ve spoken of the sadness and the grief in our community since we heard of Caherine’s sudden death. People really did not know what to say. At times like this we look back. I felt privileged to have known Catherine. 

"She had her troubles, problems but she had great times too. She was such a friendly and likeable person. As a member of the parents council in the school some time ago she was a breath of fresh air. She could light up a room with her beautiful smile. For her, life was a struggle.

“I would say the biggest problem for Catherine was the loss of her beloved Andrew, her soulmate. Her very best friend. It was a hard road for her to travel without him. Catherine and Andrew deserve to be together again where there will be no more pain, tears, or death,” said Canon Ryan, who was assisted by Murroe-Boher parish priest Fr Loughlin Brennan, Fr Dick Browne and Fr Seamus Ryan, from Cappamore, Fr Simon Sleeman and Br Ciaran Forbes, of Glenstal Abbey.

Fr Brennan extended a thank you, on behalf of the Danaher family, to all who had supported and helped Catherine.

“Many people in our parish were very good to Catherine. The people in this parish and especially in Gilmartin Park and Cois na Coille, we pray for you today. We thank you for your kindness and generosity and the way you helped Catherine. The family have asked me to acknowledge that here in public,” said Fr Brennan.

A guard of honour of motor bike riders escorted the hearse to Abington cemetery where Catherine was laid to rest with Andrew. May she rest in peace.