Tributes paid at funerals of men murdered in Sligo

Aidan Moffitt R.I.P

The two men murdered in Sligo last week were laid to rest following funeral services on Easter Monday.

  The bodies of Aidan Moffitt (42) and Michael Snee (58) were found with “significant physical injuries” at their homes in Sligo last week.

  A man in his 20s was remanded in custody at Sligo District Court on Thursday last after being charged with their murders.

  Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Tánaiste Leo Varadkar were represented by their aide-de-camp at the funerals in Roscommon and Sligo.

  The funeral of Mr. Snee took place at St. Joseph’s Church in Ballytivnan,

Michael Snee R.I.P

Co. Sligo, where he was remembered as a “beautiful, kind and gentle person” with a “witty and typical dry Sligo sense of humour”.

  Fr. Noel Rooney said Mr. Snee’s family was central to his life and said that as a former care worker he had a “beautiful way with residents”.

  Fr. Rooney had earlier read a letter from Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran.

  The funeral of Mr. Moffitt, a well-known Roscommon businessman and Fine Gael activist took place at the same time at the Church of Christ the King, Lisacul, Co. Roscommon.

  Chief celebrant Fr Michael McManus said there were no words “to describe the grief his death had caused his family and friends”.

  Fr. McManus said Mr. Moffitt was someone who “made the world a better place” and described him as “caring, respectful, intelligent, and funny but above all kind”.

  He spoke of Mr. Moffitt’s pride in Roscommon GAA and his love of horses as well as his admiration for Republican leader, Michael Collins.

  “He wanted things to be better for people and he wanted to get things done,” he said of Mr. Moffitt’s involvement in politics.

  Fr. McManus also highlighted Mr. Moffitt’s “exemplary” care of his mother Kathleen.

  Canon Liam Devine had read a letter from Bishop Kevin Doran at the start of the Mass.

  Martin McMahon gave a moving eulogy, highlighting Mr. Moffitt’s kindness as well as his love of family, friends, and sport.

  “Our hearts are broken,” he said. “The indescribable pain and suffering that has been visited on the Moffitt family cannot be defined or put into words”.

  Mr. Moffitt was laid to rest in Lisacul Cemetery and Mr. Snee was laid to rest at Sligo Cemetery on Monday following the services.