Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 24 September 2014

Young brothers buried side by side

The funeral procession of Eoghan, 10, and Ruairi Chada, five, makes its way to St Lazerian's church in Ballinkillen, Co Carlow
Hundreds of people gathered to mourn the loss of Eoghan Chada and his younger brother Ruairi
Friends and family members follow the funeral procession of brothers Eoghan and Ruairi Chada

Two young brothers who were so close they shared a bed have been buried side by side as their father appeared in court charged with their murders.

Hundreds of people mourned the loss of 10-year-old Eoghan Chada and Ruairi, aged five, whose young lives were celebrated at a Funeral Mass in their close-knit home town in Ireland.

Silence fell over the idyllic village of Ballinkillen in Co Carlow as their devastated mother Kathleen, family and friends walked behind their two white coffins, with just the gentle sound of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star being sung as they made their final short journey from the family home to church.

Their father Sanjeev Chada remains in custody after being charged with the double murder.

Parish priest Father Declan Foley said the pair had achieved so much in their short few years and lived with such energy and intensity that they brought joy and happiness to their parents and local community.

"The sudden and tragic death of the boys is beyond comprehension and almost impossible to put into words, but to remain silent would do Eoghan and Ruairi a disservice," he said in his homily.

The boys went missing with their 43-year-old father after leaving the family home to go bowling on Sunday.

Father Foley said it felt as if the earth had quaked and house had shook when their bodies were discovered the next day in the boot of Chada's crashed car, four miles from Westport, Co Mayo. It is believed the boys died of asphyxiation, which can be caused by strangling or suffocation.

Heartbroken school friends from Ballinkillen National School and teammates from Ballinkillen Hurling Club, Nurney Soccer Club and Fenagh Football Club formed a guard of honour as two hearses made their way up a narrow country road to Saint Lazerian's Church. They were buried together in a small cemetery in the church grounds.

Eoghan and Ruairi's love of sport, cooking and farming were remembered throughout the emotional service, where school children and the church choir sang some of their favourite hymns and teachers and relatives read prayers of the faithful.

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