'If love could have saved Amy, she would have lived forever'
The heartbroken family of a young mother who died after a suspected assault in a derelict building in Cork city centre said that if love could have saved her, she would have lived forever.
Hundreds attended the Requiem Mass of mother-of-one Amy McCarthy (23) as the Greenmount native was described as a kind girl with a heart of gold.
Amy was found dead in a squat in a derelict building off Sheares Street in Cork city centre on April 30. She was the victim of a suspected assault.
Her sister Hayley paid tribute to Amy as an incredible mother to 18-month-old Adam.
"I never, ever thought we would be here like this," she told mourners in St Finbarr's Church. "Amy had a heart of gold. After she had baby Adam, she was such a wonderful mother.
"Even though she is not here with us, there will always be a part of her around thanks to baby Adam. We will cherish him forever."
"If love could have saved Amy, she would have lived forever."
The mourners were led by Amy's parents, Brian and Regina, and her sisters Gillian, Jessica and Hayley.