THE remains of murdered vet Catherine Gowing will be flown home to Ireland today, almost three months after her death.
The 37-year-old, who was originally from Clareen near Birr, was murdered in Wales last October.
Ms Gowing's remains were returned to her family home this afternoon in preparation for her removal mass tonight.
Local priest Fr Michael O'Meara said Catherine's devastated family are "relieved" to have her body brought home.
"You can never get closure for something so tragic as this. The hearts and prayers of everyone here are with Catherine's poor family," he told the Evening Herald.
"It's a very sad day for the community here but we've been praying for a long time for her to be returned to us and that is what is happening this evening. So, it's a relief in that sense for the family to have her back," he added.
Her remains will be taken to St Flannan's Church in Kinnitty for a removal at 9pm tonight.
Her funeral mass will take place at noon tomorrow.
The vet was last seen alive on October 12 at a supermarket near her home in New Brighton, Flintshire, north Wales.
Police found her remains on Manor Road, Sealand, two miles from where she was last seen on CCTV.
Further remains were found a short distance away in the River Dee near Chester, just over the border in England.
Clive Sharp has been charged with her murder and is due to appear at Caernarfon Crown Court later this month when he will be asked to enter a plea to the charge.
Ms Gowing moved to Wales about 20 months ago to work as a vet but had been due to move back home before Christmas.
Her disappearance prompted a major search by both police and members of the local community.
Catherine's sister Emma and brother in law Shay remained in North Wales for the duration of the search.