Tuesday 12 December 2017

Lorcan's loving postcard home to siblings 'arrived days after his death'


The remains are carried after the funeral service followed by Lorcan Miller's parents, Ken and Sinead, at Rathmichael Church, Dublin this morning
The remains are carried after the funeral service followed by Lorcan Miller's parents, Ken and Sinead, at Rathmichael Church, Dublin this morning

LORCAN Miller who was "adored and idolised" by his family, penned a touching postcard to his siblings which arrived after his death.

His funeral, held yesterday, marked the final burial of the students who died tragically in last week's balcony collapse.

Hundreds of people turned out to his local church to bid their final farewell to the popular UCD student.

His parents Ken and Sinead Miller were the chief mourners at the ceremony.

They were joined by both sets of Lorcan's grandparents.

Lorcan (21) was a medicine student in his third year and was in the same class as Eimear Walsh who also lost her life in the accident.


His funeral heard that he sent his young siblings - Jamie, Lucy and Poppy - a postcard from the restaurant in San Francisco where he worked as he was missing them during his time abroad.

It was dated June 7 but did not arrive until after the Dubliner had tragically lost his life.

On the front of the card was a picture of Bubba Gump Shrimp Co where he had been working.

"Hi guys, just wanted to send you a postcard to show you where I'm working this summer," the postcard read.

"As part of my job I have to talk with customers and I always tell them about my amazing brother and sisters and how much I miss them.

"I hope you're having lots of fun like me and being good. I'll see you soon. Lots and lots of love, as always."

He signed off the postcard with a dozen kisses.

It was read out by Lorcan's dad Ken at his funeral service yesterday in Rathmichael Parish Church in Shankhill.

In a touching tribute, Ken Miller shared his memories of his son who was "truly remarkable".

"Lorcan was an extrovert who loved life and wasn't afraid to try new things," he told the congregation.

"He threw everything he had into everything he did."

Lorcan was a member of the executive council of the Student Medical Journal and a UCD class representative for the past three years.

As his hearse arrived at the church, members of the hockey club formed a guard of honour - Lorcan had been elected as their club secretary.

In his teens, he attended St Andrew's College in Booterstown, where he was elected deputy head boy.

He "lived for sport" his dad said, particularly tennis and hockey.

He was also a piano player and took solace in playing when he was taking a study break or feeling low, his dad recalled.

Mr Miller also regaled those gathered with stories of his son's adventures.

He once organised a trip for 80 of his pre-med classmates to Galway and managed to secure free champagne for everyone.


Parents of his friends were always reassured when he was at the helm of their trips away his dad revealed.

Mr Miller also spoke warmly of Lorcan's quirks.

"We also remember his stupid hats, his giraffe onesie, his thumb-sucking and his low rider trike, lovely loafers, subtle signs on his bedroom door, his love of everything Harry Potter," his dad said.

"His ability to take advice, make it his own and excel.

"His pouting selfies, the miracle of him not getting repetitive thumb strains from permanently being on his phone, his creativity," he continued, to laughs from the crowd.

Music provided during the service included Adele's To Make You Feel My Love.

Tanaiste Joan Burton and the US Ambassador Kevin O'Malley and local TD Mary Mitchell O'Connor joined mourners.

The Church of Ireland services were lead by Canon David Moynan and he was joined by the Archbishop of Dublin Dr Michael Jackson.

During the ceremony, Canon Moynan asked that people give thanks for Lorcan and his "considerate and kind nature" and also "his example of leadership".

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