Mayor: Allow feud victim’s family mourn

THE Lord Mayor of Cork has appealed for the family of a man killed in a violent feud to be given the space to mourn at his funeral Mass, which takes place this morning.

Playing down fears of disruption to the funeral of 51-year-old Gerard Delaney, who died in the aftermath of a row involving two families, Fianna Fáil councillor Terry Shannon said he expected the victim’s Requiem Mass to pass without incident.

Mr Shannon said: “I think everyone is sensible enough to know that a funeral is a matter for the family, when people should be allowed say their final goodbyes with dignity and when their privacy should be respected.”

He said the death of the father of two, who was also a grandfather, was “at the end of the day, a great personal tragedy for his family”.

Mr Delaney died on St Stephen’s Day after receiving a number of stab wounds during a row between members of two rival Cork families — the Delaneys and the Crinnions.

Yesterday Collette Crinnion, whose husband Michael was shot dead in 1995, called for an end to the feud.

The widow, whose brother Kieran O’Flynn was also shot dead, said she was “very sorry” for Mr Delaney’s wife and that she wanted peace in her life.

“I know what she is going through — and his children too. I went through it myself when my husband was killed. I don’t want trouble. I just want peace in my life. I can’t even go outside my door anymore.”

It is believed Mr Delaney, who had been at home babysitting grandchildren on the night of his death, was responding to a request for assistance from relatives who had been involved in an altercation earlier in the evening with members of the Crinnion family. Mr Delaney, a construction worker based in Mahon, went to the Manhattan Bar on Lower Friar’s Walk where a violent row broke out. Mr Delaney subsequently died from injuries sustained in the brawl.

Mahon-based Independent Cork city councillor Chris O’Leary said people should respect the Delaney family’s right to mourn today.

Mr O’Leary said the tragedy was heightened by the fact that Mr Delaney and his wife, Mary, would normally be abroad on holiday at this time of year.

Mr Delaney is survived by his two adult children, Gerard and Karen.

Requiem Mass for Gerard Delaney takes place at the Church of the Assumption, Ballyphehane at 10.30am today, followed by burial at St Michael’s Cemetery, Blackrock.

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