Large crowds are expected at the funeral mass this afternoon for Kate Moran, a NUI Galway student and camogie player who died on Tuesday after sustaining an injury in a senior league game the day before.
Up to 7,000 people attended a vigil in Athenry, Go Galway on Wednesday evening in memory of Ms Moran, who died just days before celebrating her 21st birthday.
Hundreds of mourners also paid their respects on Thursday evening as the third-year business student lay in repose at her family home in Monivea. His funeral will be at 1pm today at Sacred Heart Church, Ryehill, Monivea. The family home is private this morning.
Father Benny McHale, of St Mary’s parish in Athenry, told RTÉ Radio 1 yesterday he had never seen such a ‘veil of grief’ encompass a community.
“I have been a priest for a long time. I have seen many tragedies and brokenness. I saw something like this. It was almost as if the darkness of Good Friday extended over the whole country. A darkness fell over the whole parish, community and county. I have never met so many people so overwhelmed with grief and pain. “
RTÉ GAA correspondent Marty Morrissey also attended the vigil earlier this week. They shared their special memories of the business student who was due to turn 21 on May 2.
A woman said she would treasure her memory of seeing Kate driving around town in her Beetle car.
“Last year she bought a Beetle car and it really matched her personality. A cute white Beetle. I will never forget that happy, smiling face of the girl. She always had a big huge smile on her face.
Another man said it was quite moving to see the large number of participants in the vigil.
“To see the candles light up everywhere on the pitch. We must have had six or seven thousand people at the wake. For me it’s huge. That says what we thought of Kate and her family and the Athenry camogie club.
Ms Moran lived in Glenagloughan, Monivea. She is survived by her parents Cathal and Mary, her siblings Thady, Leah and Saoirse, her loving boyfriend TJ Brennan, her grandmothers Bridie Moran and Amelia Murphy, her aunts, uncles, extended family, neighbors and his friends.
His Requiem Mass will be streamed live on the Abbeyknockmoy parish Facebook page here. Interment will follow at Templemoyle Cemetery, Newcastle, Athens.
Kate was injured in a senior league camogie game on Monday. She died of her injuries on Tuesday morning at Galway University Hospital.