Local man killed in Australia laid to rest

Published: 21 Sep 2012 12:53

The funeral took place at the weekend in Newtownbutler of a 30-year-old local man who died in Australia in a motorcycle accident.

Aidan Murphy whose funeral took place in Newtownbutler on Sunday.

Aidan Murphy whose funeral took place in Newtownbutler on Sunday.

Aidan Murphy (pictured) had been in Australia for almost two years when the fatal accident took place in the city of Gladstone in Queensland, north of Brisbane. He was tragically killed in a road accident on September 1.

A Facebook campaign was launched by friends on September 5 to raise funds to help to assist with the costs of bringing Aidan's body home to rest.

A motorbike run took place from Clones on September 8 and there were also chapel gate and street collections.

He was originally from Clones but had lived for some time in Newtownbutler.

At the funeral mass at St. Mary's in Newtownbutler celebrated by Father Martin O'Reilly, and concelebrated by Father Michael King of Galloon parish, Father O'Reilly spoke about Aidan's passion for motorbikes. Aidan felt about motorbikes as he felt about life -- he enjoyed life on the edge, Father O'Reilly told the mourners.

Motorbikes gave him a sense of freedom and independence, that in a way was different from cars, he said.

"He was a kind person to many people and had a sense of adventure. He travelled a lot and had lived and worked in America and Thailand and Australia," said Father O'Reilly.

Burial also took place at St. Mary's in Newtownbutler.

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