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Brian Og Funeral a fitting tribute
THE impressively large and dignified funeral of 24-year old Brian Og Maguire who died as a result of an accident at his work on Thursday last took place on Sunday morning last.
There were an estimated 2,000 mourners, led by Brian’s parents, Brian and Eileen and family members.
They heard the celebrant of the funeral Mass, Canon Joseph Mullin describe his death as, ‘a tragic week for the town of Lisnaskea’, and recall the immediate aftermath of the breaking news.
“When we heard the awful news, the town was stunned. People were in total disbelief. We felt a darkness, a silence over the parish. People spoke in whispers. They could not believe it. Calls were made and texts were sent. It was all unreal. It could not be true.”
Brian Og was a rising star on the county senior scene, having made his mark with the local Emmets Club by captaining them to victory in last year’s All-Ireland Intermediate Club Championship at Croke Park.
And, his club laid on a fitting tribute in which every club in the county joined in.
The town was blocked off to allow the funeral cortege make its way from Crom Road, along Main Street, two PSNI motorbike riders accompanying it until it turned up Chapel Brae.
At the head of the procession were the Lisnaskea club president and vice-president, John Curran and Jim Collins and, immediately behind them, four GAA flag bearers, each representing a generation going back to the 70s.
Then followed the hearse flanked by senior team members and, behind them, all age groups from within the Emmets, in all a some 120-strong guard of honour.
They, in turn, were flanked al the way along Chapel Brae right right to the chapel gates by all other clubs in the county and, at the top, stood the Fermanagh management team, led by Peter Canavan and the senior panel, and the Fermanagh county committee.