Airplane announcement interrupted funeral

Staff reporter

THE recent funeral of Dublin-born Brendan Duffy was interrupted by an air hostess telling passengers to “fasten your seatbelts” and “prepare for landing” after a plane’s radio signal crossed wires with the church’s speaker system.

His nephew, RTE presenter Joe Duffy, 57, was reading a eulogy at the funeral at St. Edward’s church in Windsor, when the announcement from a stewardess came through.

He told The Sun: “Everyone was looking around and up to heaven, trying to figure out where the voice was coming from. Everybody saw the funny side – it was a real talking point.”

Thankfully, family and friends paying their respects to the 78 year old grandfather of four saw the humour in the situation and burst out laughing.

According to Father Michael Morrissey, who led the August 8 service, it is not the first time such an incident has happened as the church sits below Heathrow Airport’s flight path.

It is believed the embarrassing incident happened because the church’s wireless microphone and the aircraft’s radio shared the same frequency.

Brendan’s daughter Deidre, 54, said her father loved a joke and would have laughed himself. She said: “My dad would have found it amusing. He had a fantastic sense of humour.”

Joe Duffy presents the weekday RTE radio show Liveline.

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