Brian Og Maguire's life 'celebrated' by thousands
Mark Conway • Published 16 Sep 2012 14:15
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Brian Og Maguire is carried to his final resting place at Holy Cross, Lisnaskea. Photo: John McVitty.
Brian Og Maguire's ability to "draw you into his company" made you "glad to be alive" mourners have been told at his funeral Mass in Lisnaskea today which was attended by thousands.
The Very Rev Canon Joseph Mullin told mourners for Brian Og Maguire "football was the symbol that summed up his life" and he recalled Brian Og bringing the All-Ireland Intermediate Cup to Mass following their success in February 2011.
He added: "We celebrate Brian Og but we know the pain of loss. The loss of a young man whose lively spirit, his openess to others and who showed respect for all. He drew you into his company and made you glad to be alive."
Thousands attended the service with a guard of honour from all the clubs in Fermanagh, the Fermanagh senior team and St. Mary's College, Belfast lining the street to the chapel and in the graveyard as Brian Og's body was laid to rest.
His home club Lisnaskea Emmetts led the cortege.
Office bearers and young players from the club as well as the Emmetts senior team leading the funeral procession as it made its way from the family home to Holy Cross Church.
Brian Og's coffin was draped in his Ireland U17 international rules jersey, his Lisnaskea Emmetts no 8 jersey and Fermanagh senior jersey.
Sadly, Brian Og's sister Roisin was unable to attend the service as she is hospital about to give birth to her first baby.
The Mass was attended by Fermanagh South Tyrone MP Michelle Gildernew, Sean Quinn lined up in the guard of honour with his Teemore club and Paraic Duffy, Director General of the GAA and Liam O'Neill, President of the GAA attended the wake on Friday evening.
After a moving service and eulogy from Canon Mullin, Brian Og's Maguire's body was laid to rest in the cemetery adjoining Holy Cross Church..
This article appeared in Impartial Reporter 16 Sep 12