A caring, kind, loving young man.
Those were the words used by Seamus Clare, to describe his 18-year-old son Cormac, whose funeral took place in Kilteel last Saturday November 3. Speaking at the mass he remarked; “as the song said: This world was never mean’t for anyone as beautiful as you.”
The heartbroken father said Cormac was a wonderful son. “He was generous with his time and knowledge and he was always there for the vulnerable, you never heard him speak ill of anybody, ever. One of his attributes was his ability to acknowledge both sides of a debate or an argument, but he could easily defuse a tense situation with that little smile and a casual little look to the ground. You know, I know all of us who met him and knew him were touched by him,”
The Naas CBS student’s disappearance on October 22 sparked an massive search operation. His body was found nine days later near Rathcoole.
A huge crowd gathered on the blustery hilltop as the sun shone done on the whitewashed Church of St. Laurence O’Toole shortly before midday. Students from Naas CBS formed a guard of honour as hoards of young people gathered to say their goodbyes along with neighbours, friends and family. Parish priest, Fr. Mícheál Comer acknowledged the church was small but pointed out such was the crowd, “a basilica wouldn’t hold everybody”. He explained the speakers outside were also connected to the parish hall, where people had also gathered for the funeral.
Seamus told the congregation; “Recently much of what we take for granted proved difficult for Cormac and it must have been similar to a duck on water, you know, he was all calm and serene above the water but the little legs were going fairly hard down below. He was finding it hard to stay afloat at times, but that was only a very very small part of Cormac,” he stressed.
He said his son had a caring nature, was selfless, and bore his suffering with great dignity.
The parish priest was joined for the service by Bishop Eamon Walsh, Fr. Alan Hilliard, chaplain from DIT; Fr. Gerry Kane from Harolds Cross, Fr. John Brickley and Fr. P.J. Madden from Naas, and Fr. Enda Cunningham from Rathcoole.
Fr. Comer welcomed Cormac’s parents Lorraine and Seamus, brothers Donal and Eoin, grandfather Richard, grandmother Sadie, aunts, uncles, cousins, relatives and a wide circle of friends and neighbours.
He said to die in the way Cormac did was “a tragedy of epic proportions.” He said there was a terrible sadness but there was also a sense of comfort in the way a community comes together on a occasion like this. He described Cormac as a very special person. He pointed out his friends had brought up some momentos at the start of the mass - his karate belt, a book and his cycling helmet.
“He had an eye for anyone who was vulnerable and he went out of his way to try and help somebody like that. Possibly because he was a vulnerable person himself,” noted the Parish Priest.
He pointed out time and again the Naas CBS student put himself out for people, and that extended way beyond the bounds of Eadestown Parish. He said Cormac collected for Concern and was concerned about people living in poorer countries. He said he was gifted intellectually and his enquiring mind might have lead him into being a doctor, or working in one of the caring professions.
Cormac was later laid to rest in Eadestown Cemetery.
- Niamh O’Donoghue