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Funerals for Joe McDermott and Gerard Bradley who were killed in Australian building site accident

By Adrian Rutherford

Published 07/12/2015

The coffin of Coleraine man Gerard Bradley, who was 29 and from Ringsend, is carried at his funeral
The coffin of Coleraine man Gerard Bradley, who was 29 and from Ringsend, is carried at his funeral
Mourners outside the church
The order of service showing pictures of the young man throughout the years

The funeral will take place today of a Co Tyrone man killed in an accident on a building site in Australia.

Joe McDermott died alongside Gerard Bradley after a concrete slab fell on them in Perth.

He will be buried following 10am Requiem Mass in Sacred Heart Church, Omagh.

At the weekend Mr Bradley, who was 29 and from Ringsend, was buried after a service in St Malachy's Church, Coleraine.

Mourners heard he was loved and respected by all he met and "drew friends like a magnet".

Parish Priest Fr Brendan Mulhall said while the family's pain was indescribable, the love and support of people from all over the globe had given comfort and ease in their darkest hours.

Mourners packed the church in Coleraine town centre for the Requiem Mass.

They were told their love and support was "like a bandage for the family's wounds, a comfort in their loss".

The funeral was streamed lived to Australia, where many of Gerard's friends were watching.

"Our hearts are broken," said Fr Mulhall. "But we must trust in God that we will find the strength to keep going."

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