Limerick man recovered from river is laid to rest

Donal O’Regan

Reporter:

Donal O’Regan

THE COUNTY Limerick man who died after his car entered the Mulcair river last Thursday has been laid to rest this afternoon following a funeral service.

THE COUNTY Limerick man who died after his car entered the Mulcair river last Thursday has been laid to rest this afternoon following a funeral service.

Driving conditions were very poor when the car driven by 77-year-old Herbert Gow, from Glenstal, Murroe entered Mulcair at Brittas bridge, near Cappamore.

After two days of searches carried out by Limerick Marine Search and Rescue and with the help of locals Mr Gow’s body was recovered on Sunday morning.

Gardai are treating the single man’s death as a tragic accident.

A the funeral service, Reverend Vicki Lynch, Minister of Christ Church, said as soon as people started to describe Herbert they seemed to be filled with life.

“It was as if he sort of generated energy – even then, during raw grief when it was tough to remember and talk about him. People seemed to go up a gear when I asked them about Herbert. I got the feeling that he had contagious enthusiasm – it was like a light coming on.

“He was involved in so much – I heard he was a great neighbour, supportive and good humoured, unbelievably well respected, he was part and parcel of all in the community, he was a loveable, sociable man, knowledgeable, interesting, an innovative farmer, the same to everyone and a good friend to all. I heard he will be seriously missed,” said Rev Lynch.

People queued for hours at Meehan’s funeral home in Newport on Tuesday night at the largest attendance at a removal of a Murroe man in living memory.

At his graveside in Abington cemetery this afternoon, Cllr John Egan, a close friend, spoke of Mr Gow’s involvement in the community.

“His greatest quality was the way he treated people with respect and dignity. He was extremely proud of his parish, religion and family. He was a gentleman,” said Cllr Egan.

The late Mr Gow will be sadly missed by his beloved siblings Anna and Willie, sister in law Florrie, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, relatives and many friends.