Brian Egan Memorial
Brian Egan - An Appreciation
By Brendan McGlynn
The tragic and untimely death of 17 year old Brian Egan, eldest son of Jim and Catherine Egan, of Wesley Lawns, on Wednesday 2nd February 2000, numbed and saddened the community. A handsome final year student in St Benildus College, he was due to sit his Leaving Cert exams later this year. Brian enjoyed the blessing of being brought up in a stable and loving family environment. He had two older sisters, Andrea and Karen and two younger brothers, Sean and Joey. He had many friends of his own age group. Brian enjoyed outdoor life and was an outstanding hurler. He won the under-15 hurler of the year award with Naomh Olaf GAA Club in 1998. On the 19th November last Brian was presented with his last club trophy for assisting the under-21 hurling team of 1999 win division two of the league. He also starred in hurling with St Benildus College winning a Dublin Colleges B final in 1999.
Brian's remains were removed from Fanagan's Funeral Home in Dundrum to the Church of the Ascension of the Lord Balally on Friday 4th February. As the remains arrived at the church leaving cert students of St Benildus College, dressed in their neat uniforms, together with his hurling teammates from Naomh Olaf GAA Club, formed a guard of honour. As the coffin draped in the Naomh Olaf club flag was slowly carried by Brian's teenage friends into the church, I have never witnessed such an outpouring of grief by so many young people, many of whom wept openly.
Fr. Brian Edwards, who received the remains preached a very simple and moving homily. The Chaplain of St. Benildus College, Fr. Martin Daly, together with teachers and pupils of St Benildus college, including the principal, Mr. Sean Mulvihill, performed Readings and Prayers of the Faithful. The Funeral Mass on Saturday morning was concelebrated by Fr. Edwards, Fr. Daly and Fr. Ger Ahern, Chaplain of Carlow Institute of Technology. Fr. Edwards again preached the homily. The choir of St Olafs N.S. conducted by Mr. Alex Hughes, sang during the Mass accompanied by Josephine Boyle, organist. The Readings and Prayers of the Faithful were read by family members including Brian's two grandmothers. Brians hurling team mates from the club again formed a guard of honour as the remains were removed from the Church on the way to Glasnevin Cemetery for cremation. On the 12th February Brian's ashes were buried in a family plot in Donaghmor, Portlaoise.
Following the removal of the remains and also following the cremation the Egan family invited all those present, many of whom had travelled from the country, to Naomh Olaf GAA Club where refreshments were provided