‘It didn’t matter how long it was going to take’

Greater than 18 months after his dying, the household and pals of Ronan Energy filed into St Columba’s church on Iona Highway, Glasnevin, Dublin for his funeral Mass.

Slightly than the restrictive 10 mourner restrict positioned on hundreds of households on the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic, there have been folks sitting – socially distanced – alongside practically each pew.

Ronan (52), who labored as a porter within the Nationwide Maternity Hospital, Holles Avenue for twenty-four years, died on April 2nd of final yr throughout the first Covid wave.

Ronan Power, from Drumcondra, worked as a porter at the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street, Dublin prior to his death after a heart attach in April 2020. Photograph: Laura Hutton
Ronan Energy, from Drumcondra, labored as a porter on the Nationwide Maternity Hospital, Holles Avenue, Dublin previous to his dying after a coronary heart connect in April 2020. {Photograph}: Laura Hutton

As a result of uncertainty and fears across the illness on the time, the household didn’t have a funeral Mass and his physique was cremated at Glasnevin Cemetery.

On a light Tuesday earlier this week, the Energy household, pals and former colleagues gathered for the a lot delayed farewell.

Fr Paddy Jones famous how the times after a beloved one’s dying have been typically crammed with “tears and laughter” as folks got here collectively and shared recollections.

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“We have lived through times when the numbers at funerals sometimes did not cover extended family,” and in some instances the place the “key moment” of a funeral was not even potential, he mentioned. Reflecting on the restrictions on funerals, Fr Jones mentioned: “We lost something”.

Chatting with The Irish Occasions, Ronan’s father Jack described him as a “quiet lad” who was properly preferred by his colleagues.