HUNDREDS, if not thousands of people, are expected to turn out in the coming days to pay their sympathies to the family of Limerickman Jason Corbett, 39, who was killed in the US three weeks ago.
His remains will be reposing at Cross’ Funeral Home, Lower Gerald Griffin Street, on Tuesday from 5.30pm followed by removal at 7pm to Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Janesboro.
His requiem mass will be held this Wednesday at 12 noon with funeral proceeding to Castlemungret cemetery, county Limerick.
A piper is to play at his graveside, before two white doves are symbolically released into the sky while he is to be laid to rest.
“It’s to signify that Jason and Mags are finally together, as they always wanted to be,” said John Corbett, Jason’s oldest brother.
His death notice makes no mention of his second wife Molly Martens Corbett, who is one of two ‘persons of interest’ in the case.
It states: “Beloved husband of the late Margaret (Mags) Fitzpatrick. Jason, will be sadly missed by his loving parents John & Rita, children Jack & Sarah, brothers John, Michael, Stephen, Christopher & Wayne, sisters Tracey & Marilyn, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, other relatives & his many friends.”
An online book of condolences remains open on the council’s website.
Meanwhile, there were emotional scenes at Shannon Airport early on Saturday morning as his children Jack (10) and Sarah (8) Corbett arrived back in the country, after their aunt and uncle David and Tracey Lynch, won a custody battle in the US, to bring them home to Ireland.
On Thursday a US court granted custody of Jack and Sarah to Tracey and David Lynch.
“We just want a bit of space,” Tracey told reporters as she ran to the parking area holding Jack’s hand.
Not far away David Lynch, held Sarah in his arms, as they rushed to the vehicle that was to whisk them away.
They were all extremely tired after travelling for almost 39 hours from late Thursday in the US to their arrival at Shannon airport at 7.02am this Saturday morning.
“There is nothing definite yet,” Tracey replied to a journalist when asked about when Jason’s funeral would take place in Limerick.
“I am glad to be here to be back in Ireland...but we don’t have any other comment.”
Rita Corbett (76), the mother of the late Jason, with up to 20 close family members met privately with David, Tracey and Jack and Sarah in a private area of the airport.
“I am delighted to have them home,” Rita said as she walked towards the car park. Minutes later there was bedlam as photographers tried to get photos, as the group rushed to the car, too tired to talk to the media.
Among those present was Deputy Kieran O’Donnell who had been liaising with the Department of Foreign Affairs, United Airlines and Niall Moloney, head of operations at Shannon Airport.
“Ironically they were supposed to fly into Dublin airport but there was a problem with flights and then ended up coming here, everybody has been great from the Department of foreign Affairs to United Airlines and Niall Moloney as Shannon,” he stated.
They flew from Greensboro, North Carolina on Thursday to Washington, but missed their connecting flight to Dublin, because of bad weather. They then had to get a train to Newark and another flight to Shannon.