Fr Michael Canney of Ballybrack, Donegal celebrated the funeral mass of Derry City legend Mark Farren this afternoon. Farren passed away earlier this week following a long battle with cancer.
Fr Canney delivered a moving eulogy on Farren's life and achievements, telling the congregation that Farren left "an indelible mark on the life of many people, particularly those involved with football and Derry City FC in particular".
Here is another passage from the eulogy:
Mark had something deep inside him, a desire, a dream, a vision and he went for it.
Mark was very committed to his training, clinical at scoring goals in training, as well as being an important player in the dressing room.
Despite his on the pitch success he was very modest and unassuming. He was never a person to talk up or boast about his achievements. He let his feet and head do the talking.
My Brandywell insider tells me that when Mark met Terri he was a very happy person and that life was complete for him.
His marriage to Terri in 2009 was a very happy occasion for him. He loved his wife and football and loved the prospects of being a father.
Unfortunately, his time as a father was to be very short because of the death of their triplets Terri, Marlie and Milli.
For those of us who could only but admire Mark and his goal scoring skills it is also a time to mourn his passing from this world but also a time of very special memories.
A time to remember Mark as the young, committed and dedicated striker whom we loved and whose likeness may never come this way again during our lifetime.