A cycle of violence will lead to further tragedy and loss of life … we have an obligation to pray for peace and a renewal of respect for human life – Bishop Router

01 Sep 2019

Extract from homily

“I want to, on behalf of all of us here and on behalf of the people and priests of the Archdiocese of Armagh, condemn in the strongest possible terms the callous murder last Tuesday of Keith Branigan in the Ashling Holiday Park in Clogherhead, Co Louth, and to offer our condolences to his wife Rachel and to their loved ones.  Such violence and disregard for life is always appalling but for such an act to take place in a holiday camp where people were enjoying the last days of summer, and near to where children were playing, is truly shocking.  News reports linked this murder to the ongoing feud between rival gangs in Drogheda and therefore the threat of reprisals is, unfortunately, a real one.  Such a cycle of violence will only lead to further tragedy and loss of life so I would appeal for those involved to desist and consider the futility of their actions.  I would ask anyone who has any information on this murder or other acts associated with the feud to bring that information to the Gardaí.  All of us have an obligation as well to pray that there may be peace and harmony in communities throughout this island and for a renewal of respect for human life which has been so weakened in our society in recent years.”


Notes for Editors

  • Bishop Michael Router, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Armagh, was ordained bishop on Sunday 21 July last.  This text is an extract from the homily of Bishop Router who celebrated and preached at Masses in Saint Michael’s Church, Carlingford at 7.30pm last night and this morning in Saint Finnian’s Church, Dillonstown, Togher Parish, at 11.00am.  Archbishop Eamon Martin is Archbishop of Armagh, Apostolic Administrator of Diocese of Dromore and Primate of All Ireland.

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