17 JUNE 2004
BISHOP OF CORK AND ROSS DR JOHN BUCKLEY CELEBRATES
REQUIEM MASS FOR MRS MÁIRÍN LYNCH
“Máirín’s kindness and her respect for the great dignity of
every person was an overflow of her deep faith” – Bishop Buckley
The Requiem Mass for Mrs Máirín Lynch, wife of the former Taoiseach the
late Jack Lynch, took place in St Mary’s Cathedral, Cork today at 12pm.
The Mass was celebrated by the Most Reverend Dr John Buckley, Bishop
of Cork & Ross and supporting concelebrants included Fr John Collins,
Administrator of the Cathedral Parish. The Cathedral Choir performed
at the ceremony.
The burial of her remains took place immediately after Mass in St
Finbarr’s Cemetery where her husband Jack is also buried.
Bishop Buckley, who is a personal friend of the Lynch family, said
at the Mass, “today we are experiencing great sadness occasioned by
separation from one whom we knew and loved. However we are also
feeling joy arising from the fact that we are celebrating the life
of a good and gracious lady who loved life and lived it to the full.
Máirín Lynch was a kind, courteous and gracious person. She was
the joy and soul of Jack’s life. Jack and Máirín represented our
country with great dignity and grace.
“Her kindness and her respect for the dignity of every person was
an overflow of her deep faith. Her faith shone brightly during
her final illness when she carried her cross of suffering with
great love and patience, never complaining, deeply appreciative
of the kindness of nurses and staff.”
Bishop Buckley concluded, “Máirín loved the Mass. That is why
I think that she did not fear death. The Eucharist protects us
against the fear of death. Jesus said: ‘He who eats my flesh and
drinks my blood will live forever.’”
Members of the Lynch family that attended included sisters of the
former Taoiseach Jack Lynch, Mrs Eva Harvey and Mrs Reena Dunne.
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Notes to Editors:
* The Lord Mayor of Cork Colm Burke and City Councillors were present at the Mass.