Belfast Telegraph

Kerr family gives funeral thanks

The family of murdered Constable Ronan Kerr have thanked those who helped with his funeral.

The Catholic new recruit, 25, died when a dissident republican booby-trap bomb exploded under his car in Omagh, Co Tyrone, earlier this month.

In the notice in Belfast's morning newspapers, his mother Nuala, brothers Cathair and Aaron, sister Dairine and wider family expressed their heartfelt thanks.

They said: "We pay special tribute to the PSNI, family and district liaison team who assisted and guided us through difficult tasks associated with Ronan in a dignified and respectful manner. We give special thanks to the GAA at both local and county level for their support and contribution during this difficult time."

The Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) and the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) played unprecedented joint roles in the service in Beragh, Co Tyrone, and stood side by side to form a guard of honour.

Constable Kerr played for the Beragh GAA club until he was 18. He was a great communicator who was full of enthusiasm for his new job in the police service, friends said.

The family added it was a beautiful and memorable Requiem Mass. They said: "Sincere thanks to Cardinal Sean Brady for his strong and moving plea to the congregation and the wider community."

Cardinal Brady asked that there be no more violence. But on Monday the Real IRA renewed its threat to kill police officers.

The Requiem Mass was attended by political leaders from across Ireland including Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson, Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, Northern Ireland Secretary of State Owen Paterson and Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

Mass for Constable Kerr will be held in the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Beragh on May 3 marking a month since his death.

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