Shop stabbing victim Mairead Moran to be laid to rest
HUNDREDS of mourners will today attend the funeral of tragic Mairead Moran who was fatally stabbed at a busy shopping centre where she worked.
Ms Moran, a single woman originally from Kilmaganny in Co Kilkenny, will be laid to rest after suffering multiple stab wounds at about 8.30pm last Thursday.
Meanwhile, a psychiatric assessment has been ordered on a 27-year-old man accused of killing the popular shop assistant.
Shane Smyth, of McGuinness House, Evans Lane, Kilkenny city, was charged with her murder on Saturday during a special sitting of Kilkenny District Court.
He was remanded to appear at Cloverhill District Court this Friday.
Ms Moran's parents, Peter and Margo Moran, told the Irish Independent how they have been left distraught by her death, paying tribute to her as a "great girl".
Her mother spoke of Mairead's "great love" of nature and told of how she "loved living her life".
The young woman's remains will be removed from her house this afternoon and will arrive at St Eoghan's Church in Kilmoganny for funeral Mass at 2pm.
She will be buried afterwards in Kilmoganny Cemetery.
Ms Moran died after she was attacked by a man who stabbed her repeatedly.