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Motorbike crash victim Feargal Magennis 'lived with love and respect'

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Mourners carry Feargal Magennis’s coffin from St Patrick’s Church in Downpatrick yesterday

Mourners carry Feargal Magennis’s coffin from St Patrick’s Church in Downpatrick yesterday

Mourners carry Feargal Magennis’s coffin from St Patrick’s Church in Downpatrick yesterday

A man killed in a road crash was "free-spirited and kind-hearted", mourners at his funeral heard.

Feargal Magennis, a 43-year-old father-of-one from Downpatrick, was killed near Cabra, Co Down, on Saturday evening.

He died when the motorcycle he was riding was in a collision with a car on the Castlewellan Road.

Relatives gathered at the family home in Downpatrick for a private remembrance before attending Requiem Mass at St Patrick's Church.

Fr Brendan Smith said the family was bereft at the "sudden, untimely, traumatic and so unnecessary death" and were trying to answer the impossible question of why it happened.

He told mourners: "The line between life and death, at times, for some of us, is barely distinguishable, unable to be seen, as it was for Feargal on Saturday evening.

"We, as a family, both his blood family and the family of the church, cannot make sense of what has happened.

"What we must ensure is that Feargal's death is not a lost experience.

"With this in mind we, in the prayers of the faithful will pray for those who have lost their lives through road deaths, and that no more families will have to go through what the Magennis family have endured these last few days."

Mourners heard how Mr Magennis loved his family and socialising.

A peaceful man, his motto was 'live and let live' and he did not believe in holding a grudge, the funeral was told.

Fr Smith added: "It was obvious that Feargal chose to live life his way, but with those underlying currents of love and respect of people and nature.

"For Feargal, worth was not something measured in pounds and pence, but rather in beauty.

"The beauty that often shines out in a world darkened by selfishness.

"He sought his pleasure, his joy, in simple things.

"However nothing became that important that he wouldn't want to part with it, after it achieved in him its purpose, he passed it on to others willingly."

Afterwards Mr Magennis' remains were buried at Struell Cemetery.

He is survived by his son Ciaran, his partner Souniamh Duffy and his parents Pat and Marie, all of whom are "devastated" and "heartbroken" by the tragedy.

The family requested that donations in lieu of flowers be made to the regional acquired brain injury unit at Musgrave Park Hospital c/o the JustGiving website.

Police are still appealing for witnesses to the incident to come forward.

Belfast Telegraph