Broadcaster Nick Sheridan remembered at funeral as ‘talented and generous soul’

Mourners have gathered for the funeral of BBC presenter and Wexford native Nick Sheridan, who died last week aged 32.

The award-winning presenter was described as humble and kind, and as a gifted broadcaster and singer.

Sheridan had presented programmes on BBC Scotland including Drivetime, the Nine and Seven Days, and had previously been the consumer affairs correspondent for BBC Scotland News.

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Pall bearers carry the casket into St Ibar’s Church in Castlebridge, Co Wexford (Brian Lawless/PA)

After it was announced on Thursday that Sheridan had died following a short illness, Scotland’s First Minister Humza Yousaf paid tribute to the journalist in the Scottish Parliament.

Former first minister Nicola Sturgeon described Sheridan as “talented, vivacious, and full of potential”.

The parish priest told mourners gathered at St Ibar’s Church in Castlebridge on Wednesday that the BBC Scotland team were watching the mass on a livestream organised by Sheridan’s friends.

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BBC Radio Scotland presenter Fiona Stalker was among the mourners (Brian Lawless/PA)

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

He said the family were “so proud” of the journalist’s career success.

He added: “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.

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Nick Sheridan died last week aged 32 following a short illness (BBC Scotland/PA)

“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.”

He said friendship was “incredibly important” to Sheridan, and every friend he had was “valued and cherished”.

The journalist’s brother 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.

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The funeral took place at St Ibar’s Church in Castlebridge, Co Wexford (Brian Lawless/PA)

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

During the prayers of the faithful, the staff at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow were mentioned for the care they gave to Sheridan, as were the 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, the Holy Land and other conflicts.

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