The priests and all the people of the Parish of Muckno are shocked and deeply saddened by the sudden and tragic death of Stephen Marron as a result of an incident on Main Street, Castleblayney last night. Stephen was an active member of our parish community, serving as assistant sacristan at Saint Mary’s Church, Castleblayney and Saint Patrick’s Church, Oram. Stephen also served as a Minister of the Word at our liturgical gatherings and was a member of our Parish Safeguarding Committee. He was a devoted member of the wider Castleblayney community, particularly through sports organisations. Above all, Stephen was a loving and devoted husband and father, a son, brother, and a good friend to many.
Speaking today, the Parish Priest of Muckno, Canon Shane McCaughey, said:
‘Stephen was the go-to-man for everyone in the community of Muckno parish. He was a disciple of Jesus Christ who asks his followers to love God and love neighbour. Stephen bore witness to his faith through the generosity and kindness that he showed to all who were in any kind of need. In the words of Scripture, “Let them rest from their labours, for their good deeds go with them” (Rev. 14:13).’.
All of us in the parish pray that Stephen may now be in the eternal peace of Jesus Christ, the Risen Lord. We pray too for his wife, their children, his parents and sisters and his many friends; that the Lord may accompany them at this time.
We also include in our prayers all who are affected by this tragedy; that the light of Jesus Christ may shine through the darkness of these times and lead us to the peace that can only come from He who is our light.
Finally, we ask that the privacy of the Marron family be respected at this time.
Notes for Editors
- All media queries should be directed to Gary Carville, Diocesan Director of Communications, Tel. +353 87 1767226; Email: [email protected]. Information for the media concerning the funeral liturgy (including the homily) will be issued by the Catholic Communications Office.
- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Clogher encompasses all of Co Monaghan, most of Fermanagh and portions of Tyrone, Donegal, Louth and Cavan. It has a Catholic population of 88,000, across 37 parishes, which are served by 58 priests and 2 deacons. There are 85 churches in the diocese.
- Monsignor Joseph McGuinness is the Diocesan Administrator of the Diocese of Clogher, pending the appointment of a new bishop by Pope Francis. He is also the Administrator of the Parish of Tyholland, Co Monaghan.
- The Parish of Muckno encompasses the town of Castleblayney together with its rural hinterland and the Oram and Mullyash areas. The parish has a Catholic population of approximately 4,700. The Priests of the Parish of Muckno are Canon Shane McCaughey PP and Father Stephen Duffy CC.