VIDEO: Paying tribute to Chief Scout Michael John Shinnick

Glowing tributes were paid to Michael John Shinnick at his funeral in Glanworth, Co Cork yesterday.

Mr Shinnick is survived by his wife Marian and two daughters, Aoife and Emma.

Both of his daughters spoke at his funeral mass , with Aoife thanking the congregation for travelling to support the family - while her sister Emma chose to perform a poem.

“Thank you all for coming to here today to celebrate Dad’s life,” said Aoife.

“We know that many of you have travelled long distances to be here to support us at this difficult time.

“Dad was always the organiser and yesterday and today was no different. Being a true Scout he was always prepared.”

Mr Shinnick’s brother-in-law and former Waterford hurling manager Michael Ryan said that in death Michael John had “returned home.”

“Michael John has observed, he has learned, he has grown and he has loved,” said Ryan.

“Now he’s returned home.

On behalf of each and every one of us, so long chief. Thanks for the memories. God bless


Mourners from across Cork and Ireland attended the service given his long dedication to scouting in Ireland. Mr Shinnick, who passed away on Sunday following a brave battle with cancer, was laid to rest yesterday in Kilcrumper New Cemetery, Fermoy, Co Cork, following a Requiem Mass at the Church of the Holy Cross, Glanworth.


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