THE BRAVE sister of a tragic model paid a warm tribute to her little sister yesterday as thousands of mourners gathered to pay their respects to the popular beauty.
Laughter filled Ballinlough Church as Deirdre Lynch’s sister Kate spoke to mourners and celebrated her younger sister’s life.
Deirdre Lynch, 20, from Browningstown Park, Douglas in Cork was working in her part-time job at popular Cork restaurant Eco when tragedy struck.
The University College Cork student had been working at the restaurant for a number of years.
It is understood she collapsed as she was working. Paramedics rushed to the scene and fought to save the young woman’s life.
She was taken to Cork University Hospital but doctors could not save her and she was pronounced dead on Saturday night.
It was Kate who paid the warmest tribute and with dignity and strength told mourners of the great love she had for her sister.
“To start off first and foremost, Deirdre was my little sister and I could not ask for a better one,” she said.
“I would have done anything for her and still would today. Everyone keeps commenting how much she fitted in to her life.
“No one can deny that my sister was an absolute stunner – whenever I was tired Deirdre was always there to put me right back into my box, in a sisterly way and say ‘stop out the dramatics – and get over it’.
She absolutely shone in Christ King Secondary School “Her humour was so unique to her as anyone knows who follows her twitter – she used to tweet about everything from TV shows like Made in Chelsea to the Budget.
“All the great things said about Deirdre are true – I couldn’t come close to telling you telling you about how great my sister was. We all love you, Deirdre,” she said.
Yesterday’s requiem mass was a celebration and at times joyous occasion as her family and thousands of friends paid tribute to the young woman.
Deirdre’s former dance school where she learned to dance lead a guard of honour as her coffin was carried from the church.
The young woman was the third death in Cork blamed on the deadly condition Sudden Adult Death Syndrome in the last 11 weeks.