Marian Horgan, a 61-year-old mother of three, was pronounced dead at her family home in Murmount Avenue, Montenotte, Cork, on the morning of November 23. Her only son, Paul, was charged with her murder.
At Mrs Horgan’s requiem Mass at St Joseph’s Church in Mayfield yesterday, her brother Jim Eager said his sister provided a glowing example to him in terms of how she brought up her children.
“I always had in front of me the shining example that Marian was,” he said. “Marian was a person of limitless energy and immense love. Those gifts that she had don’t go out of the world although Marian has gone out of our world. She will always be a real part of our lives.”
Mr Eager said Marian and his two other sisters were very fortunate to have been brought up by parents “who cared nothing for themselves” and only about their children. He told mourners Marian continued this tradition and was kindness personified.
Chief celebrant Fr Dermot Brennan said Marian could have been ceann comhairle such was her efficiency and dedication in her work with local residents associations. She was also a secretary with Brian Dillons GAA club. He regaled the packed congregation with stories of Marian’s hidden talents such as her skills as a sportswoman.
“Probably the greatest secret that she kept was that she was a famous hockey player,” he said. “Playing here in Cork first then representing Munster and receiving international caps playing hockey for Ireland. She didn’t talk about it.”
Fr Brennan said Marian, a legal secretary, was a great GAA fan and “rubbed in” her Kerry roots, proudly sporting the green and gold jersey and decorating her husband’s car in the colours of the Kingdom.
He ended the homily by saying that the Horgan house was a “home from home” for many children in the area who grew up alongside the couple’s three children, Jennifer, Caroline, and Paul.
A special prayer was said for Paul during the Prayers of the Faithful.