Show funeral Joe Duffy apologises for using ‘F’-word on air after talking to priest about N7 crash funeral
‘I don’t make any judgement about anybody, that’s not my place’
July 23 2021 04:13 PM
RTE presenter Joe Duffy has apologised for using the ‘F’-word live on air, as he talked to Fr Hugh Kavanagh, who officiated at the funeral of burglar Dean Maguire last week.
The radio host became frustrated when he quizzed Fr Hugh about the service for Maguire, (29) who died in a burning car alongside his friends Graham Taylor and Carl Freeman earlier this month.
They were killed after driving down the N7 on the wrong side of the road and crashing into a truck.
At his funeral, a torch and screwdriver were brought to the altar during the offertory procession, as well as cigarettes, his cap, newspapers, his keys, a Canada Goose jacket, and his reg plate.
One family member apologised to the priest on the altar “ for the language” before declaring “rest in peace ya f***ing legend”.
A poster which featured a collage of images of the departed burglar reading: “RIP Dean. You know the score, get on the floor, don’t be funny, give me the money” later went viral on social media.
A caller to Liveline following the service named Majella said the scenes at the funerals of the three men were “stomach-churning”.
When Joe asked was Fr Hugh aware of the controversy surrounding elements of the funeral, Fr Hugh said, “I heard some people have been commenting about the mass.”
When Joe pressed him about his reaction to the controversy, Fr Hugh said: “When I celebrate the funeral mass for a family, it’s a private family occasion, when people gather to pray for their loved ones and to grieve.
“I don’t make any judgement about anybody, that’s not my place,” he added.
When asked if he believed that the liturgy had been “hijacked”, Fr Hugh said he did not want to comment about the funeral mass.
In relation to the gifts offered at the mass, which included a torch and screwdriver, Fr Hugh said: “When I celebrate the funeral mass, we don’t want to condemn or make a judgment about any person.”
When Joe pressed him about the public reaction to what was considered a “glorification” of criminality, in relation to the offertory gifts, including screwdrivers, and wreathes of Rolex watches, Fr Hugh insisted everybody “has a right to the funeral and also a right to privacy.”
“When I celebrate the funeral mass, it’s a religious moment. People bring up gifts which represent the person,” Fr Hugh said.
But Joe stated: “You cannot bring gifts up to the altar that represent crime, that represent burgling people.
“You cannot shout from the altar ‘up Foxrock’, you know what that means.
“You’re not naive, Fr Hugh, this was a show funeral.”
He added: “Do you think a moment of prayer is somebody from the altar shouting to the crowd ‘come on Dean you f****** legend? Is that religious?”
Fr Hugh continued to refuse to comment and said he needed to go.
No comment from Joe Duffy as brother talks of ‘deep hurt’ caused by his book
November 28 2011 04:43 AM
BROADCASTER Joe Duffy remained tight-lipped yesterday after a series of allegations made by his younger brother who claimed to be deeply hurt by passages in the RTE star’s new autobiography.
Brendan Duffy features in the RTE’s star’s recent best-selling autobiography ‘Just Joe’, in which his brother’s life is described as “crippled, ruined, and wrecked by a savage addiction” to drugs and which recounts his criminal past.
However, speaking to the ‘Sunday World’ yesterday, the 51-year-old claimed his older brother had not warned him that he would feature in the memoir, and said the matters discussed were all in the past.
“Would you write that about your brother’s crimes like that 27 years later? Especially since I have had 14 years of sobriety in the middle of those years,” said Mr Duffy.
The recovering addict said that although he was “proud” of his brother’s achievements, he claimed to be “deeply hurt” and saddened by passages in the book concerning their late father Jimmy Duffy and the impact his drinking had on the family.
“Drink was killing Jimmy inside,” recounts Joe Duffy in the memoir. “Eating him up, driving him to acts of mental cruelty. In my view, alcohol ruled, ruined and ended my father’s life.”
However, Brendan Duffy has countered: “My dad did like a drink but he worked five-and-a-half days a week. His whole pay packet went to my mum. The overtime he did on a Saturday was his social money for ‘cigs’ and his few drinks. He kept the arse in all our trousers,” he said.
Brendan Duffy, who was jailed for robbing a petrol pump attendant in Blessington, Co Wicklow, in 1984, also claimed his brother would not let him forget his criminal past but was more forgiving with those he encountered on his radio show. ADVERTISEMENT
“On November 14, Joe spoke to two taxi drivers on air. One driver was accused of skipping a queue and accusations were made about this guy’s convictions 30 years ago. Joe was saying that he’s paid the price — why bring this up 30 years later?
“But I paid a price too. I was sentenced to Mountjoy, pleaded guilty and expressed remorse. Joe is on the radio giving these people sympathy but he had none when he wrote about me, and, more importantly, about my dad,” he said.
One chapter in the book recounts how the RTE personality had asked for his brother to be returned to jail on the night before their father’s funeral.
However, Brendan Duffy denies his brother’s claim that he was receiving drugs at the removal service and that a dealer had called to the family home afterwards.
“No one passed me anything in the church — hand on my heart. Joe says that a knock came to the door that night, and he claims a gurrier was at the door. It was no such thing.
Brendan Duffy said that his brother contacted him the day the extracts from the book were published in a newspaper.
“I have told him I want to come on ‘Liveline’ to debate what he has said about me but I have got no reply,” he said.
Asked by the Irish Independent about his brother’s claims, Joe Duffy would not comment.
Joe apologised later in the broadcast for his use of the offensive word.
Fear, the Wrath of God. Too long Ireland has been ruled by fear. The Church now must be humbled because there are no requests for either humanist or athiest services by these families of people who are hardened criminals. The Church in the past bowed to money but now the Church must bow in Fear.
The Church however if given an opportunity to bully the vulnerable, they will excel. Just look to St Vincent’s University hospital and the clause that grants property ie land to build the new Maternity hospital but at the same time retains the rights to intervene and interfere placing a religious dogma as the creed in a society that has moved beyond the Catholic Church intervention in health, education etc. This is power granted to the Church and they are putting the boot in. It is time for the Church to bow out gracefully and place no clause in the agreement for the Maternity hospital.
Nobody ever mentions another power held by the Church. That of annulments. Too often, Opus Dei, will hear one side and decide in favour of who they choose making the other party the wrongdoer when it is openly apparent to all that this is false. They exercise fear and seek information in their Canon Law courts and they make judgments. They annul one but the put a penalty on the other eg you cannot remarry in a Catholic Church until you first get the permission of the Archbishop.
There are so many areas that Fear is used as the lightening rod and yet little is said.