Limerick priest denounces ‘rumours and half-truths’ at funeral

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

Limerick priest denounces ‘rumours and half-truths’ at funeral
MOURNERS at the funeral of city woman Yvonne Tracey heard Moyross parish priest Fr Tony O’Riordan slam the “rumours” and “half-truths” that surrounded her tragic death.

MOURNERS at the funeral of city woman Yvonne Tracey heard Moyross parish priest Fr Tony O’Riordan slam the “rumours” and “half-truths” that surrounded her tragic death.

The 53-year old grandmother, who died in what gardai believe were tragic circumstances and whose body was discovered in undergrowth in Kileely last Monday week, was laid to rest on Saturday.

In a hard hitting homily, Fr Tony O’Riordan denounced those using social media sites to “peddle speculation” as news of the mother of three’s death emerged.

“I think anyone who engaged in spreading rumours on Monday last as news of Yvonne’s death was emerging need in particular to consider the pain and hurt they caused Ger and the Tracey family,” he said.

“All of us have a role in preventing the slide into a ‘culture of the rumour mill’ especially in those times when the facts about a tragic death is emerging. We need to be circumspect with half truths rather than blasé about people’s feelings and pain in peddling speculation,” he added.

The Moyross priest said those who “post rumours on internet sites have an even greater responsibility to think again before they post”.

“Do you know what you are posting is in fact the truth? What is driving you to post something that is unfounded or not yet established?” Fr O’Riordan asked of the crowd in Corpus Christi Church.

He also singled out the “mainstream media” who “place as much news value on unfounded speculation as established facts”.

In the hours after Mrs Tracey’s body was discovered, some national news media outlets falsely reported the discovery of a 16-year-old girl’s body, who they reported had been assaulted and murdered.

A post-mortem carried out by State Pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy later concluded that Mrs Tracey did not die as a result of foul play. It is believed that she died after falling into the water in what gardai are calling a “tragic accident”.