By Eoin Kelleher
OVER 500 mourners paid their condolences to the family of a schoolboy killed in a tragic farm accident last week, in one of the largest funerals seen in west Tipperary over the last 20 years.
Alan Quirke (11) had been looking forward to a summer of Cúl Camp and fun with his friends at Mt Bruis National School, before tragedy struck on Wednesday evening.
“He was a popular young fellow, very outgoing. All his classmates are devastated,” said Fr John Egan, who presided at the Funeral Mass at the Church of the Assumption, Lattin, on Saturday. Alan was the middle son of dairy farmer Pat and Imelda (nee Lowry), and is survived by his two brothers Liam and Gary, his Granny Eileen and Nana Rita, uncles, aunts, cousins, relatives, neighbours and many friends. The Quirkes and Lowrys are well known in farming and GAA circles. Alan’s aunt works in the Community Hospital of the Assumption, Thurles.
Alan’s godfather, Brian Devlin, is a teacher at Mt Bruis National School, where Alan was a pupil in 5th class. Principal Catherine Cunningham, and all Alan’s teachers and classmates, attended the Funeral. A guard of honour was provided by the local GAA club.
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.