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Funeral held for south Belfast man Rory McCabe following tragic drowning in Thailand

Rory McCabe died in Thailand earlier this month. Picture by Hugh Russell

A SOUTH Belfast man believed to have drowned in Thailand was last night described as someone who "who touched so many lives".

Rory McCabe (22) from Carryduff, died while on holiday in the south east Asian country on September 5.

It is understood Mr McCabe was travelling to Australia, but had stopped off in Thailand for a short visit during his journey when the tragedy happened.

Relatives are understood to have flown out to Thailand following his death to accompany his body back home.

Requiem Mass for Mr McCabe, a former pupil at Our Lady and St Patrick's College, Knock, took place yesterday at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Carryduff where devastated family and friends gathered to say their farewells.

Parish priest Fr Michael Sheehan told mourners how the "tragic accident" had "stolen" him from his family.

The funeral of Rory McCabe took place yesterday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Carryduff. Picture by Hugh Russell

"Rory was a young man who loved people and life, he made friends easily and loved to be surrounded by them, a gentle guy who loved music and nature and was committed to the environment as well as human charitable causes, a man who touched so many lives, many more than his family had known," he said.

"From his school days in St Joseph's Primary School and Our Lady and St Patrick’s Knock, to his days in the scouts and university, where he hated accountancy and grew to love criminology, Rory was well known and loved.

"He had a gentle and trusting nature, in many ways he was adventurist and fearless.

"He loved life, loved to travel but also loved to come home, he had started a regime of healthy eating and workouts after he had returned from Australia and he had recently taken up photography with his new camera.

"But this tragic accident has stolen him from you his family, his friends and our world and for each of you the world will be a dimmer place without his light and laughter and goodness."

Tributes have also been posted online to Mr McCabe.

In a message posted by Derrylaughan Kevin Barrys GAC, the club wrote that they were "saddened to learn of the passing of Rory McCabe whose family circle are greatly involved in our club as players, sponsors and supporters".

"We extend our deepest sympathy to the entire McCabe family at this sad time."

Another tribute said: "So sad, rest in peace Rory, gone too soon."

Mr McCabe is survived by parents Brendan and Marion and siblings Niall and Rachael.

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