Shaun Kelly: Bikers lead procession to funeral of the man ‘who lived for others’

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Around 100 bikers led mourners to the Requiem Mass of Derry man Shaun Kelly - who passed away unexpectedly on Monday.

The bikers, from Shaun’s own club Exiles RC, as well as from other biking clubs around the city and beyond were among hundreds of mourners who attended the funeral Mass this morning at St. Brigid’s, Carnhill.

The funeral cortege of the late Shaun Kelly makes its way to St. Brigid's Church, Carnhill from his Ardnamoyle Park home on Friday morning, led by six outriders and followed by over 100 bikes. DER3015MC071

The funeral cortege of the late Shaun Kelly makes its way to St. Brigid's Church, Carnhill from his Ardnamoyle Park home on Friday morning, led by six outriders and followed by over 100 bikes. DER3015MC071

They were told by chief celebrant Fr. Michael McCaughey, the father of three was a man “who lived for others”.

Fr. McCaughey said Shaun was a man of “kindness and loyalty” who lived for his family - his wife, Sharon and his three daughter, Dearbhla, Caitlin and Caoimhe.

He told mourners: “He only wanted what was good for his girls. He was happy when they were happy.”

He mentioned Shaun’s great pride in his bike and in the motorbiking community to which he belonged - through which he carried out much charitable work. “He was a man who lived for others. Who brought those in need hope.

“He was a man with a big heart,” Fr. McCaughey said, touching on the sense of shock and disbelief that followed his sudden illness and death.

“Just last Friday at 12 noon we attended Mass at St. Mary’s College to celebrate the end of the Michaela Week and Shaun was there. Shortly afterwards he took ill.”

The week, Fr. McCaughey said, had been extremely difficult for the Kelly and McGinley families and all who knew and loved Shaun.

As Mass was taking place Shaun’s biking helmet and a photo of him rested on the altar.