The funeral of Captain Mark Duffy has taken place in in Blackrock, County Louth. Captain Duff died when the Irish Coast Guard Rescue 116 helicopter crashed off the Mayo coast.
Hundreds of service men and women gathered at the funeral. Mark’s coffin was led by a lone bagpiper to St. Oliver Plunkett Church in Blackrock.
President Michael D. Higgins attended the funeral.
Funeral of Cpt Mark Duffy – Photo: (RTÉ News)
Fr Stephen Duffy, Mark’s uncle, was the main celebrant during this morning funeral. He said this is more than a family tragedy; it is a community catastrophe and described his nephew as kind, humble in spirit and pure in heart, and a man with a terrific sense of humour.
Captain Duffy’s colleagues who are still missing, winchman Ciarán Smith and winch operator Paul Ormsby, were remembered today along with Captain Dara Fitzpatrick, whose funeral took place almost two weeks ago.