For a large group of mourners in Killorglin, Ireland, the passing of a close friend wasn't about tears but instead was about honoring his memory by rocking out.
When a farmer, Ger “Farmer” Foley, who had cystic fibrosis, died last week at the age of 45, friends gathered at a pub to come together to celebrate his life, according to the Huffington Post.
It became clear it wasn’t going to the typical somber affair, though, when Brian O’Sullivan climbed on top of a counter and began speaking.
“[Ger] is salt of the earth, he will never be replaced, but we will remember him forever in our lives,” he begins.
He then announces to Farmer's friends and family that he's going to perform "the most appropriate song that you could ever get for this man; it’s 'Mr. Brightside.'"
"Mr. Brightside" by The Killers begins to play in the background, and O’Sullivan sings and dances.
It isn’t long before the whole pub is singing and dancing with him, jumping up and down, rocking out any sorrow they were holding onto.
The animated O’Sullivan then tears off his shirt and jumps into the crowd before dropping to the floor in the enthusiastic send-off for an obviously beloved friend.
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