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Letter about Fr. Eoin McCrystal RIP

Dear Parents, Guardians and Pupils,
We are all still reeling from the shock of the sudden death of Fr. Eoin McCrystal at the weekend. It has deeply affected those of us who knew this wonderful man and priest. Fr Eoin was our parish administrator and chaplain of our school. It is hard to believe that such a caring and vibrant man, who was with us only last week in the school, has been taken away so suddenly and at such a young age.
Fr. Eoin was a friend to our Catholic school. He had a wonderful way of talking to the children. He supported our sacramental groups in 2nd and 6th classes in recent years. The staff were impressed by how sensitive he was to children who needed a little extra encouragement. He made our Graduation mass so special this year and in previous years and I imagine those graduates will treasure their graduation photos with him even more now. On a personal note, he was a kind support to me and I will miss him deeply.
Fr. Eoin’s removal will take place at 7pm tomorrow/Wednesday 4th July evening followed by a funeral mass at 12 noon on Thursday. It will be a huge event in the parish and in the diocese and we must respect that his family, clerical family and friends will take up the majority of space in the small church and church grounds for both ceremonies.
Corduff NS is one of the three parish schools. All three schools have been asked by the Parish Pastoral Council to play a small, but important, part in his funeral. We would like to invite any pupils who are available to form a guard of honour for the removal on Wednesday evening. Corduff's designated spot is outside Fr Eoin's house. The schools are asked to arrive for 630pm. The funeral cortege will pass us by en route to the church shortly afterwards. We would ask all pupils to wear their full school uniform, including their red top. Ideally, the children should be accompanied by a parent or adult who would stand behind the child(ren). Our staff will also be part of this guard of honour.
As the church is expected to be packed beyond capacity on both days, the children are asked to return home with their parents directly after the cortege passes. Staff will not be able to supervise the children. Given the traffic restrictions that will be in place on Chapel Road, we would advise all parents to leave enough time to park nearby and walk to the venue for 630pm. Families may even decide to group together and facilitate a drop off and pick up instead.
We know that some people are now away on holidays but we would appreciate if as many families as possible could make an extra effort to join us in showing our respect for Fr. Eoin. When we return after the summer break, we can mark Fr Eoin's passing in our own special way at school.
May Fr Eoin rest in peace. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

 

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