Clonmel priest’s warning on drug abuse following death of young man

Canon Brendan Crowley, Parish Priest of Ss. Peter & Paul's, Clonmel.

Canon Brendan Crowley, Parish Priest of Ss. Peter & Paul's, Clonmel.

The death of a 31 year-old man, whose body was found in a Clonmel cemetery last week, is believed to have been drug related.

Gardai said the man, who was single and from South Tipperary, was found dead in the graveyard on the grounds of St Mary’s Church of Ireland Church at Mary Street in the town centre.

His body was discovered by a garda shortly before 2pm on Tuesday, August 5.

A Clonmel Garda Station spokesman said it was suspected the death was drugs related.

A post mortem has been carried out on his body but the results are not yet known.

Parish Priest of Ss Peter & Paul’s Parish in Clonmel Canon Brendan Crowley has appealed to young people not to abuse drugs following the young man’s death.

He issued his appeal during his homily at 12.30pm Mass on Sunday in Ss Peter & Paul’s Church where he asked the congregation to pray for the deceased man and his family.

Canon Crowley spoke of receiving the heartbreaking call from the Gardai last week to go say prayers over the young man’s body.

He said the young man’s death had been uppermost in his mind over the past week. If this man had died as a result of drugs abuse, he wondered what “trouble waters” he had gone through and that other young people were going through.

Canon Crowley said we should be worried about the troubles people were enduring and should try to find a solution to the drugs problem.

He spoke of how he had asked young friends of his, who visited him, not to ever abuse drugs. “These drugs are vicious, especially heroin,” he told the congregation.




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