Shane’s family and friends gather for anniversary Mass

THE family of murdered Limerick man Shane Geoghegan were joined by members of his rugby club Garryowen and former school friends from Crescent College Comprehensive at his first anniversary Mass which was offered at Garryowen FC club house last night.

Shane, aged 28, was shot dead at Kilteragh estate in Dooradoyle on November 9, 2008 as he returned home after watching a rugby game on television at a friend’s house.

He was mistaken for a known drugs importer who was targeted by the McCarthy-Dundon gang and who had moved to Kilteragh. The drugs importer survived a previous gun attack.

Shane’s mother Mary, brother Tony and girlfriend Jenna Barry attended last night’s Mass at which Fr Jim Maher, SJ, was the celebrant.

Fr Maher taught Shane when he attended Crescent College Comprehensive.

Garryowen members were led by club president Killian Slattery.

Mr Slattery, speaking before last night’s Mass, said the Shane Geoghegan Trust which was recently launched at the club has already generated a huge response from sports organisations in Limerick city and county.

The trust wants to commemorate Shane Geoghegan through encouraging sports and other community activities to help tackle anti- social behaviour in communities.

Many sports organisations have signed up to support the activities of the newly formed trust which was launched by Niall Quinn, chief executive of Sunderland football club.

Mr Quinn said a similar foundation set up by Sunderland football club employs up to 100 people who are engaged in a wide variety of community activities in deprived areas of Sunderland.

Personnel from Sunderland will travel to Limerick to give advice to the Shane Geoghegan Trust over coming months, and Sunderland will play at Thomond Park next summer to help raise funds for the trust.

The trust’s website is www.sg3.com, at which visitors can make donations.

One man has been charged with the murder of Shane Geoghegan and the investigation is ongoing.

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