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Mourners gather in Co Down to pay final respects to actor Marc O'Shea

Alan McKee (left) carries the coffin of friend and fellow actor Marc O'Shea in Newcastle, Co Down. Picture by Mal McCann
John Monaghan

FAMILY and friends of an actor who died suddenly have been through "immense pain and disorientation" in the days since his death, a priest told mourners yesterday at his funeral.

Marc O'Shea (44), who was raised in the lower Ormeau area of Belfast and had been living in Annsborough, close to Castlewellan, Co Down, was found dead on Saturday.

Mr O'Shea had taken on several high-profile roles in a varied acting career, including playing loyalist paramilitary leader Johnny Adair in a Channel Four biopic and working alongside Peaky Blinders' star Cillian Murphy in the film `Breakfast on Pluto'.

He was perhaps best-known for his part in the acclaimed TV drama 'You, Me and Marley.'

Mourners gathered yesterday at Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Newcastle, Co Down, for his funeral.

Fr Colin Crossey told the packed crowd that the last few days had been a "time of immense pain and disorientation" after Mr O'Shea was "taken from us in what should have been the early middle years of his life".

He said: "It all seems so unreal, that someone can be with us one minute, and then not. I know you have been recounting his last words to you on Friday evening and struggling to put the pieces of the jigsaw of his final moments together.

"From all that I have heard about him over these days, he was a loving son to you Maura, and would do anything for you.

"He loved each of his siblings and had a natural gift and rapport with his beloved nieces and nephews."

Fr Crossey added: "I know that he wanted the very best for each of you, and there are many qualities in his life that you can be proud of, and try to emulate in your own lives."

It was as a pupil at Botanic Primary School that Mr O'Shea's acting talent "began to emerge".

"To be able to put yourself into the shoes of another is not an easy thing to do. Equally it is hard for us to put ourselves entirely into his shoes, and to understand the complexities and struggles that Marc had to battle with," said Fr Crossey.

"He knew the broad spectrum of human emotions, from heights of what it is to be connected, to the depths of what it is to feel despair."

Following Requiem Mass, Mr O'Shea was buried in St Patrick's Cemetery in Bryansford.

Marc O'Shea died on Saturday at the age of 44

 Local Actor Marc O'Shea (left) who has died, a scene image from You, Me and Marley.

Jim Doran and Tony Devlin carry the coffin of their friend Marc O'Shea. Picture by Mal McCann

A Cliftonville Football Club wreath at the funeral of actor Marc O'Shea in Newcastle, Co Down. Picture by Mal McCann

Game of Thrones actor Ian Beattie arrives for the funeral of Marc O'Shea in Newcastle, Co Down. Picture by Mal McCann

Requiem Mass for Marc O'Shea was celebrated in Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Newcastle, Co Down, on Wednesday. Picture by Mal McCann

Friends and family of Marc O'Shea carry his coffin as it enters Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Newcastle, Co Down. Picture by Mal McCann

Marc O'Shea's talent as an actor began to emerge as a pupil at Botanic Primary School, Fr Colin Crossey told mourners. Picture by Hugh Russell

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