The late Sean Farrelly.

Funeral details for Sean Farrelly announced

GRATITUDE Over €15K raised on GoFundMe for Meath River Rescue

The funeral of a Bailieboro native, who lost his life following a tragic accident in Navan just before Christmas,will take place later this week.

The body of Sean Farrelly from Silverlawns in Navan and formerly Galbolie, Bailieborough was recovered at the weekend following an extensive three-week search.

The dad of three (41) went missing in the early hours of Saturday, December 23, sparking a massive search operation that involved Meath River Rescue, Boyne River Rescue, Meath Civil Defence and hundreds of volunteers.

After 21 days, the search was stood down following the discovery of a body, later identified.

Mr Farrelly has connections to the Bailieborough area where heartbroken family members still reside.

Reposing at James Fox's Funeral Home, Abbeylands, Navan C15PH6T, on Friday 19 from 4pm until 8pm, his remains will arrive to St. Mary's Church, Fair Green, Navan C15X0A3 on Saturday morning at 10.45am for 11am Funeral Mass.

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Burial afterwards in St. Finian's Cemetery, Old Athboy Road, Navan.

House Private at all times, and family flowers only. Donations, if desired, to Meath River Rescue.

Sinn Féin councillor Paddy McDonald from Bailieboro was among those to pay tribute to the deceased father of three. He described Mr Farrelly as a “nice young fella”.

“I know his father and mother very well. He was a joyful character, full of life and everything. He was always up for a bit of fun.”

Cllr McDonald explained that Mr Farrelly grew up in the Galbolie area of Bailieboro and played football for the Bailieboro Shamrocks club in his youth but moved to Navan for work in his late 20s where he met his wife Karen.

“Unfortunately, he went out before Christmas and things just didn’t go right on the way home,” lamented Cllr McDonald.

Bailieborough Shamrocks expressed their sympathies to Mr Farrelly’s family on Facebook, thanking Meath River Rescue and all the volunteers for their “tireless efforts” in the search.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Farrelly family at this difficult time. May Mr Farrelly Rest In Peace,” posted the club online.

The club also created a GoFundMe page in aid of MRR, which has already surpassed its €15,000 target.

Simmonstown Club in Navan also paid tribute to the late Mr Farrelly. He was involved in coaching underage teams at the club.

In a statement Meath Civil Defence also said: "It is with great sadness and relief for the family that the search on the river Boyne has concluded with the recovery of a body by members of Meath River Rescue this afternoon.

"We express our sincere condolences to Sean's wife, family and many friends at this sad and difficult time. May he Rest in Peace.

"We would like to thank all of our volunteers who were involved in the search over the past three weeks and all those who helped with the search and provision of food and refreshments.”

Mr Farrelly is survived by his wife Karen, sons Aaron and Thomas, daughter Abigail, his loving mother Noreen and father Sean, brother Keith, sister Nicole, grandparents May and Mickey, in laws, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, relatives and a large circle of friends.

The family would like to thank Meath River Rescue and all volunteers who helped in any way in the search and recovery to bring Mr Farrelly home.