Bessbrook murder victim laid to rest

August 6, 2018

A father-of-two from Bessbrook who was stabbed to death on a rural road outside Newry two weeks ago has been laid to rest.  The funeral of 33 year old Brian Phelan, took place on Tuesday last in St Peter and Paul’s Church in Bessbrook, with burial in the adjoining ceremony.

Friends of Mr Phelan had organised an improvised car and bike rally to follow the motoring enthusiast’s funeral cortege as it made its way through the south Armagh village. 

At his Requiem Mass, mourners heard the popular dad of six year old daughter Georgia and three year old son Brian, described as “a wonderful and compassionate” person who will be sorely missed by his heartbroken family and friends. 

His parents Angela and Paddy said their son – “our life, our soul, our rock” –  had “the most wonderful smile which always lit up the room” and had been a protective brother and a devoted father. 

An emotional tribute read out on behalf of Mr Phelan’s children said,

“You have given us the most precious gift of all: time. You showed us what laughter really means. We love you daddy.”

Mr Phelan was killed during a stabbing incident on the rural road in Correnshego outside the city on July 26th. A rapid response unit, A&E crew and the charity air ambulance attended the scene, however the 33 year old died of his wounds at the scene.

Twenty seven year old Daniel Carroll, who was arrested just hours after the murder, has been charged with Mr Phelan’s murder.  He remains in custody to appear by videolink on August 8th.