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St Joseph’s Church was packed for the funeral of Noel Whelan

St Joseph’s Church was packed for the funeral of Noel Whelan

St Joseph’s Church was packed for the funeral of Noel Whelan

The baby scan of a child who will never get to know her father was among the gifts offered at the funeral mass for Noel 'Noelie' Whelan.

A pink blanket for the baby was also taken to the altar.

Young father-to-be Mr Whelan (22) died after an incident at a house in Mulhuddart, where he was fatally stabbed on March 30.

Shortly after 6pm, gardai attended the scene at the house in Castlecurragh Heath where he was discovered with stab wounds.

He was treated at the scene by emergency services l but pronounced dead a short time later.

Yesterday at St Joseph's Church, Bonnybrook, his family, friends and neighbours packed the pews to pay their respects.

His partner Shannon Whelan wept openly as she was comforted entering the church.

One relative thanked the emergency crews and gardai who attended the scene, as well as the doctors and nurses of Beaumont Hospital.

He also thanked everyone who contributed to a crowdfunding page to raise money for the bereaved family. It has raised €2,000 more than its €5,000 goal.

"Noelie put others before himself, he oozed affection and kindness," he said.

"He had integrity and honour. He loved his family and friends, and he loved Shannon.

"He loved his mam and his dad, his brothers and sisters, his music, his work, and motor cars. But he loved Shannon with all his flesh, all his bones and all his heart."

He told a story about how after "killing another car" Mr Whelan had stayed up until three or four o'clock in the morning fixing it so he could take Shannon to work the next morning.

A heartbroken woman named Edel also spoke, saying mourners were "trying to make sense out of something so senseless, trying to console our loved ones who are inconsolable, and trying to find a reason when there is no reason".

She said Mr Whelan would be "forever a partner to Shannon, and forever a daddy to your baby girl he will never get to hold".

Edel added that she saw how Mr Whelan was loved by all those who knew him.

"I see your photos and smile at the silly way you posed in most of them. I see how devastated our family is now you are gone.

"I see your friends stricken with grief at the loss of their brother. I see you in my dreams," she said.

"Sweet smile and heart, sweet-natured, laughter and humour. Sweet kindness and thoughts. Sweet dreams in your slumber. Sleep tight, pal."

Concerns

Other symbols taken to the altar to represent Noelie's life were his guitar, his tie, his hi-vis jacket and a photograph.

After requiem mass his remains were taken to Balgriffin Cemetery for burial.

A 45-year-old man has since been charged with Noel's murder.

Mark Whelan, no relation, was brought before Blanchardstown District Court where his lawyer told Judge Paula Murphy she had "serious concerns about his psychiatric well-being and the safety of others".

The judge then ordered that Mark Whelan should receive medical help after he was remanded in custody.