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Tearful farewell at funeral for Rory McCabe who died in Thailand

By Rebecca Black

A young Co Down man who died tragically in Thailand has been described as "bright and able", and someone who "always had a smile on his face".

Rory McCabe, who was aged in his early 20s, had been travelling around the world this year.

The Carryduff man had been in the southeast Asian country earlier this month when he died suddenly in what has been described as a "drowning incident".

It is understood the former Our Lady and St Patrick's College student had been travelling home from Australia, and had decided to stop off in Thailand to explore a bit of the country.

Rory died on Tuesday, September 5, and was laid to rest yesterday morning in his native Carryduff following a tearful funeral service at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church where a contingent of former classmates, as well as teachers from Our Lady and St Patrick's College were among the mourners.

Requiem Mass was conducted by Father Michael Sheehan, who during his homily, paid tribute to Rory and the impression he had left on people during his short life.

"Rory was a young man who loved people and life, he made friends easily and loved to be surrounded by them, a gentle guy who loved music and nature and was committed to the environment as well as human charitable causes, a man who touched so many lives, many more than his family had known," Fr Sheehan told mourners.

"From his school days in St Joseph's Primary School and Our Lady and St Patrick's Knock, to his days in the scouts and university, where he hated accountancy and grew to love criminology, Rory was well-known and loved.

"He had a gentle and trusting nature, in many ways he was adventurist and fearless."

Fr Sheehan added: "He loved life, loved to travel but also loved to come home, he had started a regime of healthy eating and workouts towards the end of his time in Australia and he had recently taken up photography with his new camera.

"But this tragic accident has stolen him from you, his family, his friends and our world and for each of you the world will be a dimmer place without his light and laughter and goodness."

Rory's former school principal Dermot Mullan described Rory as a very popular and sociable young man who always had a smile on his face.

"He was a good student - able, bright and intelligent - and he had achieved highly in his A-levels just before he left here four or five years ago," he told the Belfast Telegraph.

Rory is survived by his parents Brendan and Marion, siblings Niall and Rachael, and wider family circle, including many in the Clonoe area of Co Tyrone.

Derrylaughan Kevin Barry's GAC, from that area, extended their sympathies to Rory's family, some of whom are deeply involved with the club.

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