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Toirdealbhach Larkin's family in moving tribute after tragic farming accident

By Allan Preston

Mourners at the funeral of a father-of-three were told yesterday how he'll "always live in our hearts".

Toirdealbhach Larkin (22), from Bessbrook in Co Armagh, died in a farming accident in Katesbridge on Friday morning.

It is understood a slab fell and hit him from a shed he had been working on.

It is believed Mr Larkin, the son of Sinn Fein councillor Mickey Larkin, had been working by himself at the time of the accident.

His brother Shea was applauded at the end of yesterday's Requiem Mass at St Catherine's Dominican chapel in Newry after reading out a touching poem.

"Since Friday so many tears we've cried, the day our Toirdealbhach lost his life and died, it was the day you had to go we're broken-hearted because we love you so," he said.

"It was a day full of tears and pain, can't believe this is happening again.

"Your life on earth has come to an end, only God our broken hearts can mend.

"We're still in shock, can't take it in, that was the day your new life would begin.

"But Toirdealbhach, you'll always live in our hearts, and that's where you'll stay.

"So we'll never be apart."

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Toirdealbhach Larkin

Several other family members also gave readings.

Fr Cesare Decio conducted the service and placed mementoes from the young man's life at the front of the church, including a motorcycle helmet and family photos. He said the sudden nature of Mr Larkin's death was hard to accept.

"There are occasions in life which make us cry out why. Why did that happen in this way, why did that happen to me?

"On these kind of occasions we feel betrayed by God. The Bible is full of cries like that, so we must never fear to speak out our real feelings."

He continued: "Toirdealbhach is experiencing the very same joy and happiness (now) he used to experience with his family when he was working at engines, motorcycles and cars," he said.

"Let us take leave of Toirdealbhach, may our farewell express affection for him. One day we shall joyfully greet him again."

Family members carried his coffin from the church before the burial in St Mary's Cemetery.

The son of Sinn Fein councillor for Slieve Gullion Mickey Larkin, he is also survived by his mother Sandra McCartney, partner Aoife and his children Scarlett, Lily-Mae and Thomas.

His large family also includes 14 siblings; Tanya, Peter, Charlene, Caoilfhionn, Tiarnan, Lochlainn, Seadanta, Conor, Shea, Lyndon, Oisin, Ruairi, Conall and Cillian.

Messages of support for the Larkin family continued throughout the weekend.

Dromintee GAC said they deeply regretted the death of Mr Larkin, with his father a loyal supporter of the club.

"We tender deepest sympathy to Mickey and to the entire family circle on this sad occasion," the club said.

Sinn Fein MLA Megan Fearon said she was "shocked and deeply saddened" at the news of the tragic death.

"The thoughts and prayers of all are with Toirdealbhach's family as they come to terms with the news of his tragic death and I extend my condolences to them on behalf of myself and Sinn Fein," she said.

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