Hundreds travel to pay respects at removal of tragic student Karen Buckley
Published 27/04/2015 | 17:38
Hundreds tonight attended the removal of tragic Irish student Karen Buckley (24) as families from all over Ireland and the UK travelled to show their support for her heartbroken family.
Karen's remains were flown back to Ireland from Scotland on Sunday, two weeks after she vanished from a Glasgow nightclub.
The body of the occupational therapist was found on an isolated hill farm on April 15, three days after she disappeared.
Courier operator, Alexander Pacteau (21), is now charged with Karen's murder before a Glasgow court.
Karen's parents, John (62) and Marian (61), and brothers, Brendan (32), Kieran (28) and Damien (27), held a private Rosary and traditional prayer vigil throughout Sunday night and into Monday morning at their north Cork home.
Karen's remains were later transferred from her farmhouse home at Glynn outside Mourneabbey to Mallow for her removal.
Tonight, the crowds attending her removal in Mallow were so great that O'Connell's funeral home was opened one hour earlier than planned at 3pm.
Queues of up to 80 metres extended from the funeral home throughout the evening as people travelled to express their sympathy and solidarity with the heartbroken family.
Mourners queuing to express their sympathy passed a collection of photographs to celebrate Karen's short but achievement-filled life.
These included her Holy Communion and University of Limerick graduation portraits.
The crowds are expected to prove so large that the removal is unlikely to conclude at the scheduled time of 8pm.
Officials indicated that it is possible Karen's body may not arrive at the Church of St Michael the Archangel in Analeentha until around 10pm.
Karen's Requiem Mass will take place at 2pm tomorrow.
Gardai have put in place special traffic arrangements to cope with the expected crowds tomorrow.
These include a special one-way traffic system in Mourneabbey/Analeentha as well as a park-and-ride system in Mallow for those who wish the avoid the predicted gridlock.
A special marquee has also been erected beside the church to cater for the large number of mourners who are unlikely to be able to gain admission because of its limited capacity.
Flags beside Analeentha national school were flying at half mast as a mark of respect for the Buckley family.
Local farmers have offered fields for use as temporary car parks.