Strabane parish priest Fr Declan Boland told mourners at the funeral Mass of Strabane man Brian Harte yesterday that “a liturgy that doesn’t connect with people is dead”.
Delivering a poignant homily on the life of Mr Harte, Fr Boland said he didn’t hold with the idea that eulogies at funerals should be banned.
“To me that’s very cold, and doesn’t connect with people,” he told a large attendance at the Church of the Immaculate Conception.
Mr Harte, who was 77, died on Monday. A native of Lifford, he was interred in St Patrick’s Cemetery in Murlog, outside the town, after Requiem Mass.
He is survived by his wife Margaret; daughters Bernie (Mullen), deputy editor of the Derry Journal, Paula and Deirdre; sons Brian and Ed; and 13 grandchildren.
He was a member of one of the best-known families in the Strabane-Lifford area, who operated Harte’s Bar in Lifford. He was a cousin of former TD Paddy Harte.