ALEC Murphy, who tragically died in a road accident, was a talented young man, who was set to enjoy a great career in the Navy, mourners at his funeral have heard.
Hundreds of people were at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, in Janesboro on the city’s southside this Wednesday morning, to pay their respects to Mr Murphy, who became the fourth casualty of the area’s roads last weekend. These included colleagues from the Naval Forces, as well as the local bike club, for which he was a long term member.
A member of the Naval Forces for seven years, where he was a trainee technician based in Cork, Alec was also a popular member of the community in Crossagalla, on the Old Cork Road. His coffin was decked out with the tricolour as well as two framed images of him.
The father of one tragically died when the motorbike he was travelling on last Sunday collided with another vehicle near Beary’s Cross on the main Limerick to Tipperary Road.
Floral tributes read: “I love you Uncle,” and “The thing I will miss most is your infectious smile.” Meanwhile, there was a floral tribute of a motorbike, and one which read: “Dal Riada” after a vessel he sailed on during his career at sea.
The Mass was led by parish priest Fr Pat O’Sullivan and Fr Des Campion, a chaplain in the Navy, as well as Fr David McAuliffe, attacked to the Cork Institute of Technology, where Mr Murphy studied. Fr Oliver Plunkett of Donoghmore, and Fr Sean Harmon, of the St John’s Parish were also present.
In his homily, Fr O’Sullivan said: “He was special. Even though Alec’s family are mourning today, they are still celebrating his contribution and his presence in their family. Celebrating the life of an outgoing, smiling young man. Always smiling, quick witted, he could talk for Ireland. He was always asking his Mam to return the calls, because he never had the credit on the telephone. But he was a talented young man with a great future in the Navy, highly intelligent. These are the memories which are part of the Murphy family today as they pray for Alec. They give thanks for their lovely son.”
Fr O’Sullivan also relayed the family’s thanks to all those who have supported them since the tragedy.
Referring to his parents Alec and Bernie, he said: “They can rightly be proud of their son, as we all gather here today. Alec will always be special in your heart, in your life.”
Following the funeral mass, the Roxboro Road was brought to a standstill as the Funeral March was played by the First Southern Brigade.
The procession, led by Commodore Mark Mallett, Strike Officer, Naval Service Commander, proceeded to the Mount St Oliver Cemetery. Soon after the military procession commenced, some 40 motorbikes also followed from Our Lady Queen of Peace.
The Limerick motorbike club had also provided an escort for Alec, following his removal from Crosses Funeral Home on Tuesday evening.
As Mr Murphy was laid to rest, a volley of shots was fired.
Mr Murphy is survived by his parents Alec and Bernie, his son Ruairi, and his sisters Michelle and Melissa.