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Thursday 22 June 2017

Tears as Ava (11) pays tribute to murdered dad

The funeral procession of David (Motcha) Walsh passes through the streets of Enniscorthy
The funeral procession of David (Motcha) Walsh passes through the streets of Enniscorthy

Two young daughters of a man allegedly stabbed to death by his fiancee in Australia paid a touching tribute to him at his funeral.

There were emotional scenes as David Walsh's family and friends gathered at St Aidan's Cathedral in his hometown of Enniscorthy, Co Wexford.

His brother, Patrick, told the congregation how his three little girls Ava, Aine and Erin "meant everything to him".

There were tears as Erin (8) and Ava (11) spoke in memory of their father.

Ava, who will return to the same church on Saturday to be confirmed, read a poem urging mourners to "see all he's left".

Applause

"You can shed tears because he is gone or you can smile because he has lived," she said.

"You can close your eyes and pray that he'll come back or you can open your eyes and see all he's left.

"Your heart can be empty because you can't see him or you can be full of the Lord you shared."

Then Erin paid her own quiet tribute and applause echoed around the cathedral.

Mr Walsh, who was nicknamed 'Motcha', was stabbed to death in Sydney early on Saturday, February 18. His , Tina Cahill (25), has been charged with murder.

The cathedral was packed with those who came to bid farewell to the young dad, who four years ago left the town to create a new life in Australia.

Parish priest Fr Odhran Furlong spoke of the devastation that had visited the family.

"David was 29 years of age, much too young, much too young to die," he said.

"In this day and age of Skype, it will be so hard for the family not to hear the voice of David again.

"They will no longer be able to talk to him, talk about the happenings at home.

"This will bring tears, will bring the realisation that something is wrong, along with the constant realisation that life will never be right again."

Speaking before the mass, Patrick Walsh said: "It's difficult to describe David, but anyone who met him will never forget him for he left a smile on everyone's face.

"He has left behind three little girls who meant everything to him. Right now, one can just picture his cheeky grin and heart-warming smile, which no doubt is still there as he looks down on us."

Mr Walsh's father, John, and his brothers Jonathan, Patrick, Barry, Steven and Kalem, carried the coffin from the church to the hearse.

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