Thousands gather to pay respects to coastguard "hero" Caitriona Lucas

"Your quest, to search and search, to ease a family's pain". © File Photo
"Your quest, to search and search, to ease a family's pain". © File Photo

At the end of the funeral service this morning for Caitriona Lucas, the volunteer coast guard who lost her life on Monday after the rescue boat capsized, her husband Bernard read a poem that had only been given to him last night.

 

Caitriona, the call was made,
and you set out, in wind and wave and rain,

Your quest, to search and search,
to ease a family's pain.

You never hesitated once. That bleeper sounded loud.
Where others mattered more, Caitriona we're so proud.

We're proud because we can all say
we share this land and sea with you, our hero.

We salute your immensity.

We are very sad you have gone, we think we understand the parting
It's you we always loved. Your sacrifice will never be lost on us, your loyal crew.

Anchors away, you beauty queen. You are in our hearts and souls.
From your friends and lonesome crew,  for now it's Slán go fóill

 

 

 

 

 

 

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