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Nick Sheridan remembered as ‘talented and generous soul’

Former RTÉ news2day presenter Nick Sheridan has been described at his funeral in Co Wexford as humble and kind, and a gifted broadcaster and singer.

The 32-year-old, who worked for BBC Scotland and had written several children’s books, died last week.

During the eulogy, at St Ibar’s Church in Castlebridge, Nick’s older brother Brian described him as a “talented and generous soul” who was “a calming voice” in the family but who also “loved the craic the most”.

“Nick epitomised everything that is good in life – family, friendship, creativity, and most of all kindness.”

Brian said the family was “so proud” of the journalist’s career success.

“Despite Nick’s humility, his creative talents knew no bounds. An accomplished author, Nick’s fifth book will be released in the coming months.

“He spent every free moment of his childhood typing up and hand-delivering local news bulletins and creating short stories, all of which contributed to his success as an author in recent years.

“He was as much at home in the kitchen arguing over political correctness with dad as he was grilling an unfortunate guest on the couch of Seven Days or the Nine (BBC Scotland programmes).

“Singing and music were Nick’s greatest gifts, whether performing the lead role in stage musicals or singing in this church at Christmas, his talent shone through and never failed to capture his audience.”

Nick Sheridan died last week aged 32

Brian said friendship was “incredibly important” to Nick and every friend he had was “valued and cherished”.

He added: “To Nick’s friends gathered here today, know that however much you loved him, you were loved back as much and more.

“Our family has lost its guiding star, but we are so grateful to have had Nick in our lives for 32 years.

“His star will continue to shine brightly down on us and we will never forget the amazing person he was and is.”

The hearse arrives for the funeral at Castletown church

The Seamus Heaney poem The Given Note was read during the funeral, marking the interest both sides of Mr Sheridan’s family have for music and the written word.

The parish priest told mourners that the BBC Scotland team was watching the mass on a livestream organised by his friends.

During the prayers of the faithful, staff at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow were mentioned for the care they gave to Mr Sheridan, as were students at the University of the West of Scotland where he had lectured.

Prayers were also offered for peace around the world, particularly in Ukraine and the Holy Land.

The mass was followed by a private service for family and close friends at Mount Jerome Crematorium in Dublin.

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