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It’s one of those tragedies so awful that it transcends all traditions and creeds

Fr Gary Donegan


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The scene at Brompton Park in the Ardoyne area of north Belfast where police have launched a murder investigation. Credit: Jonathan Porter/PressEye

The scene at Brompton Park in the Ardoyne area of north Belfast where police have launched a murder investigation. Credit: Jonathan Porter/PressEye

The scene at Brompton Park in the Ardoyne area of north Belfast where police have launched a murder investigation. Credit: Jonathan Porter/PressEye

I had just returned to Tobar Mhuire Retreat Centre having officiated at a funeral in which there had been five deaths within the family in four years. Brian McKee, who works with me in the Peace and Reconciliation Office, had just remarked upon how tired we were.

I received the first of many phone calls, the last about 2.30am on Wednesday. The tiredness dissipated as I had been informed that a tragic death of an infant had taken place, and that a toddler was now critically ill.


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