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Saturday 26 July 2014

Grafton Street pays its respects to flower seller

Clodagh Sheehy

Published 21/06/2014|02:30

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The funeral of Theresa Kelly passing through Grafton St where she sold flowers all her life. Martin Maher

THE capital's main shopping street came to a standstill to mark the life of an 85-year-old woman who had sold flowers on the street for more than six decades.

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The white coffin of Theresa Kelly, carried in a white and glass hearse drawn by two white horses, was given special permission to come down Grafton Street.

Lunchtime shoppers stood in silence as the hearse paused at the junction with Harry Street and a lone piper played a final lament.

"She loved flowers of every kind and made beautiful wreaths and arrangements for christenings, weddings and funerals," said her daughter Barbara, who now runs the stall with Theresa's granddaughter Sabrina.

In her long life, Theresa, inset, reared nine children, had 24 grandchildren and 23 great- grandchildren.

Yesterday, traffic came to a halt as the funeral cortege travelled from Whitefriar Street Church to Grafton Street before the final journey to Mount Jerome cemetery.

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