US News Tragedy in small village in Co Galway as father and son die within a day of each other

13:06  17 july  2017
13:06  17 july  2017 Source:   MSN

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A small rural community is rallying around a family after a father and son died within a day of each other.

Retired farmer Peter Killeen, who was 86, and his son Thomas were laid to rest yesterday afternoon in east Co Galway.

The small village of Colmanstown, Ballinasloe, has been supporting the Killeen family over the past few days following the double death.

Peter died on Wednesday evening following a heart attack and then the following day his son Thomas, who was in his forties, passed away after a battle with liver cancer.

They were laid to rest together at Cloonkeenkerrill Cemetery following their funeral Mass at St Michael’s Church in Gurteen.

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Local councillor Micheal Connolly says it has a dreadful week not just for the Killeen family but for the community as both men were well known and very popular.

“I was up at their house on Saturday night and it was a tough one, there was a lot of people there,” said Cllr Connolly.

“It was a big blow to the family, I know them very, very well, and I know the nephews and grand-children and they are all lovely people.

“It’s awful when the two of them die like this so close together. Peter lived a very full life, but Thomas’ cancer was rapid.

“It’s very rare when a father and son will die in these circumstances, and you don’t normally see a family funeral like that so it’s hard to get your head around.”

Cllr Connolly said that both men were well regarded in the local community.

“Peter was into farming and horse breeding, he was very popular and very well liked, as was his son Thomas.

“Thomas was involved in a lot of stuff locally and worked for a lot of haulage people in the area and he was very well respected.

“Peter’s wife Eileen died suddenly a number of years ago so it was another big loss for the family.”

Parish Priest Fr Christy McCormack said the whole community is in mourning and shock.

“Both men were well known locally and people are supporting the family in their double loss,” he said.

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