Belfast Telegraph

Town says farewell to tragic Noel

Funeral tributes for sudden death victim as drugs probe continues

By Adrian Rutherford

Mourners at the funeral of a Lisnaskea man who died suddenly have heard how the town has been left shaken to its core by the tragedy.

Noel Reilly (36) was found dead on Monday – just a mile from where a 29-year-old woman also died in unexplained circumstances hours earlier.

It is understood police are investigating if their deaths were linked to drugs.

Yesterday, several hundred mourners packed Holy Cross church in Lisnaskea to pay their final respects to Mr Reilly.

Canon Joseph Mullin, the parish priest of Lisnaskea, said the loss of a young life was heartbreaking.

"The loss of the young brings another dimension because while we lose the young person we also lose the promises, the hopes and the dreams that the future could bring," he said.

Mr Reilly was an accomplished Irish dancer, and had helped his home town to an all-Ireland title.

"Noel helped Lisnaskea to a dream when they worked so hard as a group of dancers to get into the all-Ireland Scor final," the priest added. "Noel and his team were awarded the all-Ireland title – such is the stuff of dreams."

Mr Reilly was found dead in his home at Carrowshee Avenue in the Co Fermanagh town on Monday.

The previous evening, care worker Olivia Reilly, who was not related to Mr Reilly, was found dead at a house she was visiting at Trasna Way.

Canon Mullin said both families had suffered previous tragedies.

Mr Reilly's older sister Martina died in a house fire at the age of eight in 1982.

"What makes this all the more painful is that the Reilly family here in Lisnaskea and the Reilly family in Kinawley have both lost children already, and so to be asked to carry this cross once again is beyond anything words can say," he added.

Speaking earlier this week, Mr Reilly's father Brian said he did not know how his son died.

"He lived life to the full and was very good to his family," he said. "He was very popular round the town. A lot of his friends are calling here. They just can't believe he's gone."

Following the service Mr Reilly was buried in the adjoining cemetery.

Four men arrested in connection with the deaths earlier this week have been released on bail.

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