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Wednesday 26 September 2018

Batman-loving knife victim was a 'child at heart', mourners told

Fiona Nolan (left) with her son Adam (centre) who is charged with the murder of Bryan Cassidy (right), whose funeral Mass was held at St Canice’s Church, Finglas yesterday
Fiona Nolan (left) with her son Adam (centre) who is charged with the murder of Bryan Cassidy (right), whose funeral Mass was held at St Canice’s Church, Finglas yesterday

A grandfather who became Ireland's latest fatal stabbing victim was yesterday remembered as a "child at heart".

More than 100 people packed into St Canice's Church, Finglas, to celebrate the life of Dubliner Bryan Cassidy.

The 52-year-old was stabbed to death at a house he shared with his partner Fiona Nolan in Buirg An Ri Walk, Balgaddy, on February 7.

Adam Nolan (19) - the son of Ms Nolan - has since been charged with his murder.

Speaking at the funeral Mass, Father Michael Shields said: "The story of Bryan Cassidy has been unfolding over these past few days.

Story

"His mam and dad will remember the child, his brother Sean and sister Fiona will remember the brother, Jade will remember her dad and the grandchildren will remember their grandad.

"And, of course, his partner - the one who loved him.

"All of these experiences combine and tell a particular story about a particular person.

"That story is the one that will help us in the next few days, which will be very painful," he said.

As the coffin was carried into the church, friends and family of Mr Cassidy held on to one another for emotional support.

A flower arrangement was designed to replicate the iconic Batman emblem - a superhero whom Mr Cassidy adored.

Fr Shields continued: "He loved Batman and had an energy with [the superhero]. He liked Nat King Cole and loved his chocolate as well. He was a child at heart."

Mr Cassidy's brother Sean said Byran was a big character who had great charisma.

"Bryan liked to dress well. In fact, he was always looking for a good bargain. He also loved sunglasses.

"You would never see him without a pair on, even if it was raining or snowing. There's three major things that would always remind me of Bryan.

"He would always call you Batman; he'd always say to you 'adios amigos' and, of course, the specialist saying 'ciao'. Bryan also loved music, which was a big part of his life," he said.

The beloved family member also fondly remembered his two other deceased brothers, Mark and Raymond.

Pals

"Over the years, Bryan always talked about his two brothers that passed away, about all the good times they had when they were kids. He always called them his two best pals," added Sean.

"He was also never off the phone to his sister Fiona, always asking how everything was, especially his mother."

Mr Cassidy's coffin was taken to Glasnevin Crematorium for his final goodbye.

Mr Cassidy, originally from Finglas, was found stabbed in the front garden of his partner's house at Buirg An Ri Walk in Balgaddy, near Ronanstown.

Shop assistant Mr Nolan was arrested shortly after the incident and detained at Ronanstown Garda Station under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.

At a hearing on February 9, the district court agreed to a request to grant legal aid and to ask the prison authorities for Mr Nolan to have psychological and psychiatric assessments.

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