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Wednesday 15 August 2018

A fitting musical farewell as tragic couple laid to rest

The funeral cortege carrying the remains of John Lynch and John Devine
The funeral cortege carrying the remains of John Lynch and John Devine
John Lynch and Kevin Devine

THE couple who drowned tragically while holidaying on a Greek island have been remembered in a musical tribute at their moving funeral Mass in Dublin.

Members of musical ensembles that John Lynch had played with provided the soundtrack in a moving tribute at the funeral Mass of the musician and his partner Kevin Devine (46), who died together as one tried to save the other.

Mr Lynch (45) was the associate principal viola with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra which performed at a Service of Thanksgiving for the couple in St Teresa's Church on Dublin's Clarendon Street on Sunday night where family members and friends celebrated the popular couple.

BELOVED

Mr Devine's parents Owen and Mary described their second eldest as beloved by his brothers and sister.

They said he loved travel, music and discovering new bands.

The viola section of the orchestra performed 'Danny Boy', a favourite of their colleague John.

The strains of the hymn How Great Thou Art filled the nave of the 200-year-old church tucked away in a side street off Grafton Street.

The bodies of the couple were recovered from the sea off Mavros Molos beach on Kissamos Bay in Crete on August 29. They had entered the water at around 5.30pm that day but got into difficulty while swimming.

One of the men had called out to the other for help but powerful waves prevented them from returning ashore.

There was a red flag flying on the beach at the time warning against swimming.

"All the tributes were paid the previous night at the Service of Remembrance which was a beautiful service with lots of music," Fr Michael Brown told the Herald.

"There was a huge crowd there and his colleagues performed beautifully," he said.

Mr Lynch, who was born in Melbourne, Australia to parents from Donegal, was taken to Glasnevin Crematorium while Mr Doyle was laid to rest in Calvary Cemetery in Drogheda yesterday afternoon.

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