“IN the midst of this we remember that two families have been touched in different ways by this tragedy and we remember all in our prayers today.” The words of Fr Liam Morgan at the funeral mass of Patsy ‘Bud’ Kelly in the Church of Our Lady and St David Naas on Saturday morning last.
Mr Kelly died following an alleged assault at Sarto Park the previous weekend.
A candlelit vigil attracted a crowd at the Abbey Bridge in the town last Tuesday evening at the spot frequented by Patsy Kelly and known as ‘The Bud’s bar and lounge’.
A large crowd joined Mr Kelly’s brothers and sisters and extended family for the funeral mass on Saturday morning. Warm tributes were paid to the man who was described as a local character in Naas.
At the mass his relatives brought up Man Utd, hats, jerseys and flags as a symbol of his life.
Fr Morgan spoke about Patsy reaching out to see what life had to offer, of his banter and wit and his personality and character. He also spoke of his struggles and his vulnerability. Referring to the many photographs showing Patsy giving the ‘thumbs up’ Fr Morgen said they showed him seeking the brighter side of life but also hoping for something
Speaking to Patsy’s brothers and sister he said this past week had not been easy as their grief was borne out in public, but the family had coped well with this.
“As a family you have wrapped Patsy in your love, celebrated his life and honoured his memory,” he said.
Patsy’s brother Brendan read the poem *********Safely Home******** while Ger paid a warm tribute to his brother, remembering that he had loved the music of ACDC and Thin Lizzy and loved the golden days of George Best and his beloved Manchester United. “He was a real character of Naas. He had time for everyone,” said Ger.
Patzy’s sister Bernie, on behalf of the family, thanks everyone for all their support in the previous week, the man who had carried out CPR on her brother at the scene, the paramedics, the garda liaison officer and the Fr Peter McVerry Trust who had provided Patsy with a home and had done so without judging him.
After the Mass the funeral cortege, led by family members carrying a large banner photo of ‘The Bud’ made its way to St Corban’s Cemetery where Patsy Kelly was laid to rest.