Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral Mass of twin brothers who were found dead in their apartment in Limerick City last week.
Photographs of Peter and Kevin Moran, taken on their First Holy Communion day, were placed beside their coffins inside St John’s Cathedral, as stories about their kindness and “love of sport” were relayed to the church.
The 29-year-olds were found last Wednesday by their mother Margaret and their best friend David Coughlan.
Gardaí are awaiting results of toxicology tests carried out on the men’s bodies before confirming suspicions that the deaths were drug related.
Speaking before yesterday’s funeral, Mr Coughlan, from Roxboro Rd, refuted suggestions that the twins died from a suspected heroin overdose.
He told the Limerick Leader: “They were lying down next to each other as if they had fallen asleep. I was looking around to see what happened, but there was no syringes. It’s total lies.
“We were looking around to see what might have happened to them while we were waiting for the gardaí to come. They never injected heroin in their lives.”
Mr Coughlan continued: “It was an absolute shock. They both looked so peaceful. It was just bizarre. They were lying on the ground next to the CD player. They were like brothers to me. They were always good fun, always smiling, never depressed. They were just salt of the earth guys.”
Fr Oliver Plunkett told mourners yesterday: “I’m told they were very friendly, loving, and affectionate, not only at home, but also at school in CBS Donoghmore for their primary education and later on in St Enda’s Community school.”
A Newcastle United football jersey, a CD, and a wood carving were placed beside the twins’ coffins as symbols of their love and passion for sport, music, and art and crafts.
Fr Plunkett said: “We all have faults and failings and, whatever faults and failings Peter and Kevin may have had, we ask God’s forgiveness in our Mass today and we do so with confidence because we know Our Lord is a good shepherd who cares for his flock and knows everyone of us by name.”
In an emotional tribute to his sons, Greg Moran told the congregation: “If I have one consolation from this whole situation — it is that they lived their lives as one unit. They came into this world on their own and they departed it at the same time.
“I firmly know that if the situation had arisen where one had to live without the other, that person would not be able to survive they were so close.
“On many occasions I had tremendous times with them, particularly with the football — we had contradictory opinions as regards football but that didn’t matter. Everybody that met them thought they were the nicest guys they ever met.”
A close family friend said the Morans wished to grieve in peace and asked for privacy.
“To lose a family is heartbreaking, to lose your twin baby brothers, to lose your sons, your cousins, is almost like the ultimate tragedy. This family have suffered enough.
“They’d [twins] a great sense of humour. Kevin and Peter were joined at the hip. They did everything together. They were tremendous characters, full of life, everything to live for.
“They were two very vibrant young people. They grew up to be two loveable, warm-hearted, gentle young men.”
Addressing the twins’ friends, he said: “They leave you with great memories and a fantastic legacy of loyalty, friendship, kindness, courage.
“It was a tremendous privilege knowing the twins, and I and their aunts and uncles would always be very proud of them.”
Peter and Kevin Moran are survived by their parents Margaret and Greg, sisters Eva and Christina, and brothers Greg and John.
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