A former Priest of the Kiltoghert Parish has called for peace between rival Traveller families following the murder of Barney McGinley in Newtownbutler, County Fermanagh on Wednesday last.
Fr Turlough Baxter, former Kiltoghert C C was speaking at the funeral of the 63-year-old which took place in St Mary’s Church in Athlone on Monday afternoon.
Mr McGinley was rushed to hospital after he was shot while attending his niece Matilda McGinley’s wedding.
Speaking during the homily in honour of Mr McGinley, Fr Baxter said that last Wednesday should have been a happy day for McGinley’s family, “instead, others chose to end the goodness of Barney’s life and leave a family in such grief and loss.”
He added: “It takes such a short time to open wounds in others that can take a life time to heal. Violence can never be the answer, because all that does is foster more hurt and violence and delays the day of justice.”