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Heartbreaking scenes at brave teen Triona's funeral

Nicola Anderson

Published 04/04/2014 | 12:23

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Triona Priestley
Triona Priestley
Triona Priestly

AMID heartbreaking scenes the funeral of brave teen Triona Priestley took place today.

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Triona (15) had fought a battle against a severe strain of Cystic Fibrosis but passed away last Tuesday moments after her favourite music idol Ed Sheeran sang her to sleep.

Triona's family and friends used social media to get in touch with the singer, who later posted a message of deep regret on twitter when he learned she had slipped away.

A guard of honour was formed by students from her school, Castleknock College as her white coffin arrived at St Mochta's church in Porterstown, co Dublin from her home in nearby Clonsilla.

The little stone church was filled with mourners.

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Prayers were said for Triona's parents Bernie and Sean and brothers Ciaran, Colm, Eoin and Aidan and also that Triona's strength and courage might live on amongst those who had gathered to mourn her loss.

Triona's family and close friends wore purple items such as ribbons or hats and scarves or items of clothing. Purple is the colour used by cystic fibrosis ireland in charity appeals to raise awareness.

Her faith, family and friends were her inspiration, the funeral mass heard.

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Her closest friends brought up symbols of her life to the altar.

They included a picture of her family who "did so much to give her a good life and make her happy."

Her iPod represented her love if music which  "helped her get through tough times."

Ed Sheeran's album was brought up also, with mourners told that when he sang to her, he made "her ultimate dream come true."

Also included was her favourite movie, book and the Dublin flag - for the "happy memories she shared with her family at the Hill."

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