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West Clare community stunned at three tragedies

ALTHOUGH he has served for more than four and a half decades as a priest, Lissycasey parish priest Fr Joe Hourigan has never witnessed anything like the devastation to hit his community this week. The trio of tragic deaths in the parish have stunned not just Lissycasey but the entire county.“It’s unbelievable and incomprehensible. I’m here 10 years now but I’ve never seen anything in any parish like this and I’m a priest nearly 46 years,” Fr Hourigan commented. Pat Kelly, Tommy Meere and Brian Casey sustained fatal injuries within hours of each other on St Stephen’s Day. “I’ve never experienced a situation where, within 12 hours, three people died in very tragic situations, bringing such grief to a small community,” he added. The only positive to emerge from a week that has shocked Lissycasey has been the community reaction. “People were shocked and horrified at the beginning but then gradually they began to come together in the face of …

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