Village faces week-long wait to bury Karen
A tiny farming community is bracing itself for one of the biggest funerals in Cork history as they vowed to support the heartbroken family of slain nursing student Karen Buckley (24).
Mourneabbey's parish priest Fr Joe O'Keeffe said the north Cork community will "not be found wanting" in terms of solidarity for Karen's devastated parents, John (62) and Marion (61), and her three brothers, Brendan (32), Kieran (28) and Damien (27).
Fr O'Keeffe paid a heartfelt tribute to the Glasgow community for their incredible support of the Buckleys.
"Uppermost in the minds of her family and the parish community is to get Karen back home," he said.
However, it is understood that it will be at least another week before the body is released by the Scottish authorities.
"There are no plans or funeral arrangements yet because it will take some time for the authorities to finish up all the work involved in death registration and other paperwork."
Meanwhile, Cork County Council is to open a book of condolence for Karen.
It will be opened for members of the public who wish to extend their sympathy to the Buckley family from 11am today in Mallow.