Five gifts were brought to the altar in Castleisland Parish Church today as symbols of TJ O’Herlihy’s life.
The 36 year old father of two died tragically last Saturday while carrying out repairs to Thomond Bridge in Limerick City. The metal cage platform he and his colleagues were working on plunged in the river Shannon.
Anna Curtin reports from Castleisland:
Among the gifts was a block of limestone symbolising his love of stone and of his craft as a stonemason. A rugby ball, a basket of food to remember his love of cooking, the book ‘The History of Kerry’ and a map symbolising his love of travel were also presented. Fr. Sean Horgan told the congregation that death is difficult to understand and is the ultimate absurdity but that Christianity teaches us that death opens the door to the ultimate life. TJ’s brother Shane gave the eulogy and said that TJ loved his partner Tessa and their two children Conor and Katie. He said that it was up to each person who knew TJ to give him their own eulogy.