YOUNG people attending the funeral of tragic Chloe Kinsella (15) today were told that 'life is for living.'
Hundreds of mourners turned out for the memorial service at St Munchin's Church on Limerick's Clancy Strand on the banks of the River Shannon.
Chloe's older sister Marguerite spoke movingly, telling how she will never forget the young girl in her room, "doing (herself) up like a model."
"I was so proud to call you my sister," she said emotionally.
"Sleep tight gorgeous, I'll miss you and love you forever."
Local man John Costelloe led the six-day long search for the young teen who disappeared following a family row and was subsequently found in the River Shannon. He paid tribute to the community - and in particular the women who "never faltered, waivered or complained" during the tireless operation.
"No stone was left unturned til we found Chloe and we have her here," he said.
There was spontaneous applause as he particularly mentioned the efforts of young people, whom he described as 'not only an example to Limerick but to Ireland and the world.'
The parish curate, Fr Pat Seaver appealed to young people in the community to live their lives to the full.
"Life is for living, especially for young people and especially for 15 year-olds," he said.
Chloe's family, her school, community and church leaders wrote the funeral homily together in a particular effort to avoid 'glamorising'
her death,' he revealed.
"We're determined that there should be no hype during the ceremony," Fr Seaver said.
There was an outpouring of grief as the white coffin left the church, surrounded by a mass of pink flowers.