The body of Diarmuid Twomey, 31, was discovered on January 28. He had gone missing on December 20 when he failed to return home to Carrignavar, Co Cork, where he lived with his partner Ciara Byrne and their children Lily and Katie. He had been on a night out for his nephew’s birthday and had a tragic accident as he made his way home.
Ms Byrne paid tribute to her partner of five years at his Mass in the Church of the Ascension in Gurranabraher, Cork.
“We were blessed with two beautiful daughters, Lily and Katie,” she said. “They miss the presence of their father in their lives so much, which is so sad because Diarmuid idolised them both.
“In recent years, he had gone back to college to get his Leaving Cert in his attempt to better himself and study accountancy. He was doing so well and really enjoyed the course but sadly it was not to be. He went to Kerry on a regular basis to help his mother and father as they became more feeble.
“He had a heart of gold and would do anything to help out. He will be sadly missed.”
Tragically, Mr Twomey’s mother, Ann, died on January 6 as the search for her son went on.
Ms Byrne said the disappearance of her much-loved son had left Ann “heartbroken.”
“He now rests in his mother’s arms in heaven,” she said. “I am sure she died of a broken heart after hearing of his disappearance. It seems she knew he wasn’t coming home. May they both now rest in peace.”
Fr Kevin O’Regan said the passing of Diarmuid Twomey in tragic circumstances had left a palpable sense of sadness in the community.
“We do know that two young girls Lily and Katie will grow up without a father,” said Fr O’Rgan. “So there is tremendous sadness and sorrow. And even though we celebrate Diarmuid’s life, that will not replace the great sense of loss that is there.”
Dental records were used to confirm that the remains found in the pit were those of Mr Twomey.
Hundreds of volunteers had joined with gardaí in searching the countryside over the past few weeks for clues as to what happened to the father of two.
Volunteers, gardaí, and the Civil Defence who helped in the search were remembered in the Prayers of the Faithful yesterday.
Gardaí believe Mr Twomey most likely tripped and fell into the pit as he tried to take a short cut on his 10km walk from Cork City to his home.
The farmyard would have been on Mr Twomey’s route home from Cork to Carrignavar.
Following the requiem Mass, Mr Twomey’s remains were brought to the Island Crematorium for cremation.