Funeral takes place of Limerick murder victim

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

THERE were emotional scenes at St Bridget’s Church for the funeral of Martin Purcell whose body was found at a flat in the city centre last Friday morning.

THERE were emotional scenes at St Bridget’s Church for the funeral of Martin Purcell whose body was found at a flat in the city centre last Friday morning.

THERE were emotional scenes at St Bridget’s Church for the funeral of Martin Purcell whose body was found at a flat in the city centre last Friday morning.

The 54-year-old father of two grown-up children, who was originally from the Fairgreen, died after he was stabbed a number of times at the flat where he lived alone on Wickham Street.

In his homily, Fr Eamon Purcell told the congregation that Martin Purcell was a “unique individual” who had influenced people’s lives in many ways.

He said he was a “loving father and a great parent” and he said he lived for his life to enjoy the company of “family, friends and neighbours.”

He said he was a sports fan and that he loved outdoor activities and music.

“Martin had much more to give in life but all expectations for the future have been cruelly cut short” he said. A large crowd attended the funeral mass including a number of local councillors.

*A full version of this story was published in the print edition of Limerick Leader, dated October 8, 2011