Tributes to Mark Mooney (32) who brought 'joy and beauty' through music
TRIBUTES have been paid to a north Belfast man who "brought joy and beauty" through his music.
Mark Mooney (32), from Dunmore Court in the city, died suddenly on Sunday.
A prominent figure in the musical life of the Down and Connor diocese, he was director of music at Holy Cross parish.
He played the organ, piano, guitar and harp and led the Holy Family Folk Group as well as singing in the Down and Connor choir.
Holy Cross Church Choir described Mr Mooney as a "friend and choir master".
"Mark was a kind young man who used his musical talent for others," it said.
"His conducting, singing and playing the piano, guitar and harp brought great joy to those who knew him. We will really miss him."
In a statement on Facebook, Down and Connor Folk Group also said it was deeply saddened at news of Mr Mooney's death.
"Mark attended many of our folk weekends. He contributed a great deal to music ministry in our diocese in a variety of different ways.
"Our sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers are with Mark's family and friends at this very sad time."
A friend wrote that "his music will be sorely missed by everyone who had the pleasure of hearing him", while another said: "You brought so much joy and beauty through your musicianship and your craic - there'll never be another like you".
Another tribute said that "his talent at creating beautiful music was clearly only matched by his warmth and genuineness".
Mr Mooney had been due to take part in a pilgrimage to Lourdes this summer following a previous visit with the Cross Lourdes Pilgrimage Group.
Requiem Mass will be celebrated today at Holy Family Church at 2pm followed by burial in St Colman's Cemetery, Massforth, Kilkeel.
Mr Mooney is survived by his partner Darren, parents Mary and Sean and brothers Daniel, Gerald and Ciaran.