Crowds attend murdered mum’s funeral- Monday, September 16, 2013
Shop doors remained closed and window blinds drawn in the Cavan town of Bailieborough as hundreds of mourners gathered for the funeral of mother of four Patricia Kierans, who was found murdered in her Drumbannon home.
Crowds packed St Anne’s Church to pay their final respects.
Beside the coffin three items were placed — a bingo card representing Ms Kierans’ love for entertainment; an accordion for her passion of music; and a Padre Pio card, depicting her deep faith.
Rev Ollie O’Reilly of Killann parish said a dark deed was done last Thursday.
Ms Kierans’ body was discovered in the quiet estate of Drumbannon on the outskirts of the town.
"We’ve all been floundering in darkness since that time," he said.
Ms Kierans, 54, was described as a warm-hearted, charitable woman, a wonderful mother and a person of deep faith who was highly respected in the community.
Fr O’Reilly said her kindness and compassion, particularly for older people, was well known.
He concluded the eulogy by telling her four children they had "a mother to be very proud of".
Ms Kierans’ sister Sinead recited a poem, citing her sibling’s beautiful smile, which she said was always beaming bright.
Her brother Bobby recalled fond memories of sitting with Patricia for hours as she played an accordion he had brought back from Australia as a gift to her.
Ms Kierans is survived by her four children, seven grandchildren, and members of her own Purdy family.
She was laid to rest in St Anne’s Cemetery, outside the town.