A massive crowd packed the small church of St Laurence O’Toole in Kilteel on Saturday afternoon for the funeral of teenager Cormac Clare.
The 18-year-old Naas CBS student went missing in the early hours of Monday, October 22, sparking an intensive search both in the locality and nationwide. His body was found nine days later near Rathcoole later by Gardai, last Tuesday, October 30.
Cormac’s classmates from Naas CBS formed a guard of honour and sang in the choir for the mass, which was co-concelebrated by Bishop Eamonn Walsh and priests from Rathcoole and Naas.
The student’s cycling helmet, to symbolise his love of the sport, and a book, to represent his fondness for reading, were brought to the altar as gifts during the service.
The congregation, some of whom listened via speakers set up in the parish hall, heard that Cormac was a very caring person who “knew how much he was loved”.
Cormac’s father Seamus thanked all those who had assisted in the search for his son and extended the family’s gratitude to the local community for their support.
Cormac was laid to rest at Eadestown Cemetery after the service.