Funeral of Tipperary shooting victim


A man shot dead in an early morning attack last week had recently been trying to reconcile with people with whom he had “issues” in the past, his funeral Mass heard yesterday.

Shane Rossiter (30) was buried in Clonmel five days after being shot at a house in Golden, Co Tipperary, and just two weeks after he had attended a christening ceremony for his young nephew.

There was a reminder of another loss suffered by his family when a photograph of Mr Rossiter’s younger brother Brian was one of a number of items brought to the altar at the funeral in the Church of the Resurrection yesterday.

Brian Rossiter was 14 when he died in hospital three days after falling into a coma at Clonmel Garda station in 2002, after being arrested under the Public Order Act. Fr Ray Reidy said: “Shane, sadly, is gone to join his brother Brian, who also died at a very young age.”

Other symbols of his life included a bracelet given to him by his girlfriend and a CD of his favourite music, while floral tributes included flowers arranged to spell “brother,” “cousin,” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone” in reference to his support for Liverpool FC.

A large crowd gathered in the church in Clonmel to remember Mr Rossiter’s life and offer their support to his parents Pat and Siobhán, brother Neil and sisters Jenna, Sharon, Amy and Katie.