The Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All-Ireland will this evening travel to Derry to visit the home of the family members who died in the Buncrana pier tragedy last Sunday.
Archbishop Eamon Martin, himself a native of Derry, wishes to express the closeness of so many of the people of Ireland to Louise and the extended family and friends of Mark, Evan, Jodie-Lee, Ruth and Sean. He will also visit the Holy Family Parish Church to sign the book of condolence and meet with the Bishop of Derry, Donal McKeown, and with the parish priest Fr Paddy O’Kane, who will officiate at the funeral service tomorrow, Holy Thursday.
During his visit Archbishop Eamon will express his support and offer prayers for Louise and baby Rionaghac-Ann, as well as for the people of Derry and Buncrana who have been so deeply affected by the tragedy, “At a time like this I realise that any words of mine are totally inadequate. The enormous tragedy that has struck this family has stunned us all into silence. What can we say? All we can offer is our spiritual presence with them and the promise of our prayers.
“People from all over Ireland and beyond want to be close to all the bereaved in this time of grief and desolation. Even in the midst of such awful tragedy this family has made us all think of how precious and important our loved ones are to us.
“In the coming days of the Easter Triduum, as people from all over Ireland gather in Church to remember the suffering and sense of abandonment that Jesus felt on the Cross at Calvary, we will be thinking especially of Louise, baby Rionaghac-Ann and their extended family and friends. And we will pray that, in this darkness, the Risen Christ, our Light and our Hope, will comfort them and all those who knew and loved Mark, Evan, Jodie-Lee, Ruth and Sean. May they rest in the peace of Christ.”