There was a large outpouring of grief, prayers and support for the Mulrooney family in Partry after the body of 18-year-old Caolon Mulrooney was discovered in Cork city centre last week, following one of the largest searches to have taken place in the city in recent years.
The 18-year old UCC student had strong Partry links. His father Eugene and his grandfather the late Joe Mulrooney (a former councillor and Mayo Person of the Year) both hail from the south Mayo village.
Retired Partry Parish Priest Fr Des Grogan said there was a tremendous sadness and shock in the area following the tragic accident. Caolan Mulrooney sustained fatal head injuries when he fell from a 25 foot wall close to Douglas Street in Cork city centre in the early hours of Friday, December 2.
After a large scale search his body was recovered five days later last Tuesday.
Fr Grogan said a bus provided transport to Cork last week for the huge number of people who travelled to the funeral. The engineering student was buried on Friday last following a funeral Mass at St Patrick’s Church in Rochestown.
Describing the Mulrooneys as a ‘highly respected family’ Fr Grogan said they was a tremendous outpouring of prayers and support from the local community.
Caolan’s father Eugene spoke movingly at his son’s funeral Mass and stated that his son’s life was full of love and action. He added that he was overwhelmed by the support and kindness shown to both him, his wife Margaret and Caolan’s siblings during the five-day search.
The Mass featured specially co-ordinated music by Caolan’s uncle, John Mulrooney while other family members brought gifts and symbols of Caolan’s passions to the altar which comprised of a football jersey, a guitar and books. His coffin was also draped with a GAA flag as he was laid to rest.