Major security operation in place for Limerick funeral

A MAJOR garda security operation will be in place in Askeaton today and tomorrow for the funeral of Kathleen McCarthy-O’Reilly.

A garda spokesman said they have explained to the bereaved families that certain measures will be necessary for the safety of all attending the funeral.

Her funeral arrangements were decided in the High Court on Tuesday after a row between her family and her partner over who should organise the funeral.

The court ordered that her father Michael McCarthy and not her partner, Timmy O’Reilly, should look after arrangements.

Insp Seamus Gallagher said the gardaí have appointed liaison officers to keep both families informed of garda measures being put in place for the funeral and garda check points will be in place around Askeaton today and tomorrow.

Insp Gallagher said: “All this will be done with discretion and with full respect for the deceased and her relatives. We have to be humane and sensitive to the needs of the families. We have explained that we will be there to protect them and they understand that.”

Canon Willie Fitzmaurice, PP, Kilmallock, said anybody going to the funeral for non-peaceful reasons has no business there.

Canon Fitzmaurice said: “The whole essence of a funeral and the Mass is the great respect and dignity for the deceased and to pray for her. In the present circumstances it is incumbent on all to observe that dignity.”

Last February a shot was fired and weapons were confiscated by gardaí from mourners attending a funeral in Kilmallock, who are known to the McCarthy and O’Reilly families.

Kathleen McCarthy- O’Reilly, who was 22 and had two children, was found dead near her home in Kilmallock on Saturday. A post mortem ruled out foul play.

The deceased’s remains were waked in Cork yesterday for the benefit of the McCarthy’s and will be waked in Limerick today for the O’Reilly’s.

The McCarthys decided to have the burial in Askeaton where her grandparents are buried.

Her partner wanted to have her buried in Kilmallock.

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