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Friday 29 August 2014

Catherine's sister: Slain vet 'was close to perfection'

Nicola Anderson

Published 03/01/2013 | 15:24

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Catherine Gowing's mother Maureen, father John and sister Emma follow her coffin as it leaves St Flannan's Church in Kinnitty
The funeral of Catherine Gowing was held at St Flannan's Church, Kinnity, Co Offaly

THE devastated sister of a slain vet has given a powerful eulogy at her funeral, telling mourners that 'goodness always triumphs in the end.'

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Catherine Gowing (37) from Kinnity, co Offaly was murdered in North Wales last October. Her remains were recovered along a river bank after a massive search operation and a 46 year-old Welshman has been charged with her murder.

Around 500 mourners, including representatives from the North Wales police force attended her funeral in her home town of Kinnity earlier. The chief mourners were Catherine's parents, John and Maureen, her sister Emma and husband, Shay, aunts, uncles and extended family, friends and neighbours.

In a stirring eulogy, Emma told the congregation that there was evil in the world - we see it every day. But it is not until it enters your own life directly that we realise how awful it really is, she said.

However goodness "always triumphs in the end," she added.

She described her "beautiful sister" was 'the person closest to perfection' than anyone she had ever known.

Catherine was also a wonderful daughter and was her parents' "gift from God," she said.

She had loved animals and practising as a vet had been a dream come true for Catherine.

Parish priest, Fr Michael O'Mara told the congregation that it had been a 'long wait" for the family for the funeral, revealing that a candle had been lit on the altar of the church in October 19 as a symbol of hope and it had not gone out.

He said it would be a 'disservice" not to concentrate on the beauty of Catherine's life, describing her as a "beautiful loving, vibrant lady."

After the simple requiem mass, attended by nine priests and two bishops, the remains were taken for burial at St Flannan's Cemetery, Kinnity.

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