Belfast Telegraph

Quake man's funeral on internet

The funeral of an Irish man killed in the Christchurch earthquake will be shown live on the internet for his family and friends in New Zealand.

The heartbroken family of Owen McKenna will fulfil his final wishes on Tuesday when he is buried on home soil in Co Monaghan.

His remains arrived at the home of his mother Teresa McKenna in Brackagh, Emyvale, late Sunday night, where he will be waked until his removal to the Church of the Sacred Heart in Carrickroe for funeral Mass at noon.

Parish Priest Father Sean Nolan said Mr McKenna had expressed some time ago his wish to be buried in Ireland.

"He was very much associated with the area here," he said.

"He had very strong tradition of Irish culture, music, song and dance and always expressed a wish if anything happened to him that his remains would be brought back home."

Mr McKenna, 40, was killed when his car was crushed in the devastating earthquake that hit New Zealand on February 22.

The psychiatric nurse lived in Christchurch with his wife Sarah McKenna, from New Zealand, and two young children Grace, six, and Tadhg, five.

Mr McKenna trained as a nurse in London before he worked in Saudi Arabia where he met his future wife. The couple moved to New Zealand about seven years ago Fr Nolan said Mr McKenna's widow and children will not be in Ireland for the funeral as they attended a memorial service for him in New Zealand before he was repatriated.

Instead, they will watch his funeral live on via the internet.


From Belfast Telegraph