'Jack will leave a huge void in our family', says mother of stabbed fisherman (25)
The mother of a popular young fisherman who was fatally stabbed last Thursday has said his loss leaves "a huge void" in the family and that he will be missed forever by his relatives and many friends.
Jack Power (25) was laid to rest yesterday after funeral Mass in Our Lady's Church in Carbally, Co Waterford, barely a kilometre from where he grew up in Brownstown on the coast.
Hundreds of people gathered in the small church and on the roads and hillsides outside to see his remains arrive from the family home and to support his heartbroken parents Loretta and Richard, brothers Ben and Lee, and other family members.
A fisherman, like his father and grandfather, Jack Power lived life to the full, the mourners heard, was a loyal son, brother and friend and packed much into his too-short life.
He died in University Hospital Waterford on Thursday after he was stabbed in an incident on the Shanakiel estate in Dunmore East. A 17-year-old, arrested that morning, was released without charge on Friday.
"Jack will leave a huge void in our family," his mother said at the end of the funeral Mass.
"Loyalty was important to him, one of his best qualities. Jack has a lot of friends and they all know who they are today and will miss him very much.
"Jack's life was so short but he lived it to the full. He worked hard and played hard, was very witty and loved the craic."
She said she had heard many stories about Jack for the first time in recent days from his friends, which emphasised his loyalty, sense of fun and love for them all, and love for the sea.
"In his Leaving Cert Irish paper question, his answer was, 'I don't know anything about Irish but I'm some man to haul nets'," she recalled, prompting laughter inside the church.
"We all have memories of Jack and he will always be remembered."
Symbols of Jack's life brought to the church at the beginning of the Mass included a fishing needle to mend the nets, a sign for Tottenham Hotspur's home ground White Hart Lane, a set of darts and a memoir of boxer Muhammed Ali.