Memorial mass for Jill to be held in Drogheda
A MEMORIAL Mass is also being held in Drogheda this evening.
It will begin with a silent procession. At 5.45pm the mayor of Drogheda and his fellow councillors will walk in silence from the family home in Laurence Street to St Peter's Church on West Street.
The public are invited to take part in the procession and, when it reaches the church, books of condolence will be presented to Jill's uncle Michael McKeon.
Some 11,000 signatures were gathered in the days since her body was found. About 2,000 of them were from current and past pupils at St Oliver's Community College where she studied for her Leaving Certificate. That book was given to her family last night. The Mass will involve many members of her family and her husband Tom's family and some of her many friends from Ireland and Australia.
The homily will be given by Fr Oliver Devine, a family friend who married the couple four years ago. Hundreds are expected to attend the memorial Mass which begins at 7pm in St Peter's Church.
The silent procession will reach the church at about 6pm.
A march will also take place in Drogheda in Jill's memory later this month.
In their statement, Jill's parents George and Edith McKeon thanked the public for their support, but said they wanted the funeral that took place earlier this morning to remain private.
"We cannot begin to convey the overwhelming feelings of grief, sadness and sorrow at the loss of our beloved Jill, who was taken from us on September 22," the statement read.
"We love and miss her deeply. We would like to sincerely thank the public for their support, condolences and concern.
"We understand your interest and that many of you are grieving with us.
"However, we also request that you allow us, our family and Jill's friends, time to grieve the loss of our beautiful wife, daughter and friend in privacy at this highly emotional time," they added.
The family asked the public not to attend but to send floral tributes to funeral home Tobin Brothers. Jill's remains were flown to Perth, where her parents live, after the service.