Eddie Meenan murder ‘a crime beyond words’, priest tells funeral Mass

Family members carry the coffin of Eddie Meenan to St Eugene's Cathedral for Requiem Mass on Saturday afternoon
Family members carry the coffin of Eddie Meenan to St Eugene's Cathedral for Requiem Mass on Saturday afternoon

A priest at the funeral of a Derry man murdered in the city two weeks ago has described his death as “senseless” and a “crime beyond words”.

Rev. Patrick Lagan was speaking at the Requiem Mass of father of nine Eddie Meenan whose body was discovered in a laneway off Creggan Street in the early hours of November 25.

Relatives comfort each other at the funeral of Eddie Meenan on Saturday afternoon. DER4918GS083

Relatives comfort each other at the funeral of Eddie Meenan on Saturday afternoon. DER4918GS083

Police said the 52-years-old had sustained “significant” head and body injuries.

Three people have already appeared in court charged with murdering Mr. Meenan and police say their investigations are continuing.

Rev. Lagan told mourners at Saturday afternoon’s funeral at St Eugene’s Cathedral that Mr Meenan’s death had shocked the community and brought untold pain and hurt not only to his family but to all who knew him.

“This senseless taking of an innocent human life is a crime beyond words, a pain which no family should ever have to carry,” said Rev. Lagan.

Family members carry the coffin of Eddie Meenan to St Eugene's Cathedral for Requiem Mass on Saturday afternoon. DER4918GS080

Family members carry the coffin of Eddie Meenan to St Eugene's Cathedral for Requiem Mass on Saturday afternoon. DER4918GS080

The priest added that Mr Meenan was someone who “brought joy to those who knew and loved him.”

“He was a character who, I’m told, could turn his hand to anything,” he said. “He was a gifted brother and friend who had a ready smile and a happy go lucky approach to life. He lived a straightforward, quite simple kind of life without any fuss.

“His sense of humour enabled him to shoulder the burdens and cares of life. Each day, started with a smile to his mother, and ended with those faithful words: Good Night and God Bless.”

The late Eddie Meenan.

The late Eddie Meenan.