Limerick murder victim Martin Clancy laid to rest

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Limerick murder victim laid to rest

The coffin bearing the remains of murder victim Martin Clancy leaves Corpus Christi Church, Moyross

THE brother of Limerick murder victim Martin Clancy has thanked the community of Moyross for its support following his death earlier this month. 

Eight days after the 45-year-old was found dead at his home on Little O’Curry Street, mourners gathered to pay their final respects at Corpus Christi Church in Moyross. 

“The community in Moyross, it stood out this week, especially in the house,” John Clancy told the church. 

“People coming and going, laughing and joking.”

“It was a sad occasion this week but it was a very funny occasion as well, for all of us because we were laughing and joking all week, telling stories.”

“The neighbours that were calling in all week, I’d like to thank you very much.” 

Mr Clancy is survived by his parents, Joe and Mary,and seven brothers John, Willie, Joseph, Brendan, Peter, James and Christopher. 

Two men who were arrested as part of the investigation into Mr Clancy's death were released without charge on Friday, January 12. 

Gardai have confirmed that investigations are continuing and that a file is to be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

“There are no words that I know for an occasion like this,” Moyross parish priest Father Pat Hogan told the funeral congregation. 

“No words to explain anything or to make anything better.”

“I’m told that there is no greater pain for anyone than for a parent, a mother or father, to lose their children and lay them to rest. They say that is the greatest pain of all.”

“For Joe and Mary, because having eight sons and losing one, how difficult it is for them and how difficult it has been for the last week, how difficult it will be.”

“We can’t imagine the journey they have been on for the last week or more.”

“There’s a lot of waiting and anguish and loss and a lot of not knowing and everything very public.”

“It may not have been an easy time and it won’t be an easy time ahead. Loss cuts very deeply into family life, into parents especially.” 

“Such a loss as we know, affects people. You can see it in them mentally, you can see it in them physically, you can see it in their hearts.”

“Loss is painful and it rips through people's hearts and people’s lives.”

“Loss is something that doesn’t go away but we learn to cope. We learn to kind of live again, we always have the memory and we always have that empty space.” 

Mr Clancy was buried in Mount St Lawrence Cemetery.

He is survived by his parents, his brothers, uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, grandnephew, extended family and friends.