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Saturday 10 December 2016

Sam Maguire tribute as Charles Haughey's brother is laid to rest

Charles Haughey's son Ciaran (front left) helps to carry the remains of his uncle, Fr Eoghan Haughey
Charles Haughey's son Ciaran (front left) helps to carry the remains of his uncle, Fr Eoghan Haughey

Fr Eoghan Haughey, the last surviving sibling of former Taoiseach Charles, was laid to rest following a funeral Mass celebrated by his order, the Oblates.

Fr Haughey died age 82 on Friday following a battle with illness in recent years.

Mourners at the Church of Mary Immaculate in Inchicore heard that Fr Haughey was a passionate sportsman and a lover of the Dublin GAA team.

Proud

To celebrate this part of his life, the Sam Maguire Cup, won 10 days ago by the Dublin footballers, was in the church as part of the offering.

Fr Paul Byrne was among those who celebrated the Mass, and he spoke of Fr Haughey's love for sports and Fianna Fail, but also his humility.

"I never once heard him say the words 'my brother, the Taoiseach'," he said, adding that he was always very "fiercely proud" of his famous sibling.

Fr Haughey was remembered as a "forthright and passionate man" who was "very much at home" in his life as a priest.

He was also remembered for his "beautiful tenor voice" and how he would entertain his audience with a repertoire of songs in Irish and English.

He was the last of the six Haughey siblings who lived most of their young lives at the family home in Donnycarney.

One of the great passions of Fr Haughey's life was travel, which his religious work allowed him to do, the congregation was told.

He had travelled to preach in South Africa and more recently spent time in the US, where he completed an MA in spirituality .

Stalwarts

Fr Byrne spoke of the loyalty Fr Haughey showed towards his sister, Maureen, when she was ill in 2014, travelling every day to see her.

When his older brother Charles died in June 2006, he led the Requiem Mass.

A number of Fianna Fail stalwarts were among the mourners, including former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and former ministers Ned O'Keeffe and Michael Woods. Charles Haughey's sons Sean, Conor and Ciaran were also present.

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