13 Dec, 10:47
Donnacha Ryan is one of four players drafted into Rob Penney's side for tomorrow's crucial Heineken Cup clash against Perpignan (ko 3:40pm Irish time).
Among the pall bearers were Ronan O’Gara, Paul McCarthy and Brian Carney with O’Gara later delivering a eulogy as did Munster captain Paul O’Connell.
Barry Murphy gave a poignant rendition of “The Fields of Athenry” joined in the chorus by his Munster colleagues.
Paul Darbyshire’s remains arrived in the Church to the refrain of the Coldplay number Fix You and in her welcome address Canon Stephenson spoke of Paul’s wish that, “there be no fuss no sadness” this day. She however, determined the occasion warranted some fuss and more than a degree of sadness given the immense impact he had on all our lives.
In his tribute, long-time friend John Thursfield spoke emotionally of a man “who would never ask anyone to do what he wouldn’t do himself” and he ended with the Emily Dickinson poem, “I am always with you.”
The service booklet contained the Winston Churchill quote, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.”