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Wednesday 20 September 2017

Danielle was a 'beautiful daughter, a thoughtful sister, a loyal friend', funeral hears

Danielle McLaughlin
Danielle McLaughlin
Danielle McLaughlin meets local children on her travels
Danielle McLaughlin
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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The funeral has taken place today of Danielle McLaughlin who was murdered while travelling in India.

The Donegal woman was remembered at a mass in her native Buncrana today.

Parish Priest of Buncrana, Father Francis Bradley led proceedings at Saint Mary’s Church.

A guitar, a holy medallion from one of Mother Teresa’s care homes in India, a family photo and the text of a poem written about Danielle were all presented to commemorate the young woman.

Danielle’s mother, Andrea and her sisters, Joleen, Traigheannach, Seanne and Sky Marie were chief mourners at the service this morning.

The young woman was remembered as “a beautiful daughter, a cherished grand-daughter, a thoughtful sister, a loyal friend, a free-spirit, a remarkable classmate, a gentle neighbour; the little girl who became the lovely woman”.

“For her, life was a journey, many journeys in fact.  Travel for her was genetic.  And her death too, must be seen, not as the end, but instead, the beginning of yet another stage – the most exciting perhaps of them all,” Fr Bradley said.

People locally and around the world were thanked for their show of support to her heartbroken family during the mass.

The 28-year-old is to be laid to rest this afternoon alongside her grandparents.

Mourners were requested to wear bright colours to "celebrate" her life.

Ms McLaughlin was travelling in Goa when she was killed earlier this month.

Her body was discovered in Canacona, a popular tourist area in the south of the Indian state.

A suspect was swiftly arrested and remains in police custody.

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