Hundreds of people gathered to say their final farewell to Gerard Bradley, who was killed at a construction site in Perth two weeks ago – one of three young Ulstermen to have died in Australia in recent weeks.
Parish Priest Father Brendan Mulhall told mourners at St Malachy’s Church in Coleraine on Saturday morning that 29-year-old Mr Bradley was well known and well loved by everyone he met and drew friends to him “like a magnet”.
Prayers were also said for Gerard’s friend Joe McDermott, also in his 20s, who died alongside him on November 25.
Father Mulhall told mourners that the outpouring of support from people the world over has given the family immense comfort during the most difficult of times.
The funeral was streamed live in Australia, where many of Gerard’s friends were watching.
“Our hearts are broken,” said Father Mulhall.
“But we must trust in God that we will survive this tragedy and find the strength to keep going. We are heartbroken by losing Gerard, but grateful for knowing him.”
The congregation were reminded to “be happy”, as that was what Gerard would have wanted.
A poem called ‘Feel No Guilt in laughter; He’d know how much you care’ which was met by a round of applause by mourners.
Following his burial at Coleraine Cemetery on the Portrush Road his family held a celebration of Gerard’s life at Portstewart Golf Club.
Omagh man Joe McDermott’s funeral is set to take place today at 10am following Requiem Mass in the Sacred Heart Church, Omagh.
The funeral for Craigavon man Alan Haughey, who died suddenly in a car accident in Australia on November 21, was held on Thursday in the town’s St Anthony’s Church.
Alan, 28, had been travelling and working in Australia for four years, and worked as a mechanic for MMS Engineering in Kalgoorlie, a Western Australia, a town located 370 miles east of Perth.
He died while on his way to a kayaking trip.