Thursday 27 October 2016

Community vows to help ease pain of Karen's family

Ralph Riegel and Kathryn Hayes

Published 17/04/2015 | 02:30

Karen’s schoolfriend Denyse O’Brien Photos: Press 22
Karen’s schoolfriend Denyse O’Brien Photos: Press 22
Anne Fahy, University of Limerick’s nursing course director

Hope turned to heartbreak in a tight-knit Cork farming community praying for a miracle in the search for missing student Karen Buckley.

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Mourneabbey locals in north Cork rallied to support Karen's parents, John (62) and Marion (61), and her brothers, Brendan (32), Kieran (28) and Damien (27), after the horrific news that her body had been found on an isolated Glasgow hill farm.

Mourneabbey parish priest Fr Joe O'Keeffe vowed that the community will do everything possible to ease the pain of the Buckley family. "It is devastating," he said.

Analeentha National School principal, Susan O'Keeffe, who knew Karen, said the community was deeply shocked.

"Karen was a beautiful girl and a wonderful student. They (the Buckleys) are such a lovely family. Mourneabbey and the entire world is shocked by this."

Karen's old Mourneabbey schoolfriend, Denyse O'Brien, said everyone was heartbroken.

"There is something very sad about coming from a loving farm and ending up on a farm, I just find that very upsetting for the family and for everybody," she said.

Neighbour, Cliona Forde, fought back tears as she spoke of the devastating loss of a wonderful young woman.

"It is every parent's worst nightmare. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this awful time. It is so, so sad."

Karen's former college, University of Limerick (UL), also issued a statement of support.

"I knew Karen over the four years she was here. She was an excellent student, she had such an open and bubbly personality," UL course director Anne Fahy said.

Tanaiste Joan Burton said the thoughts and prayers of the Irish people were with Karen's family.

Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan thanked the Scottish authorities and police.

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon stressed everyone had sympathy for the Buckley family.

Irish Independent

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