Stabbed mum was a 'shining example' of love and kindness
A woman fatally stabbed in her own home was hailed for her immense love, kindness and good humour.
The tributes to mother-of-three and former Irish international hockey player, Marian Horgan (60), were led by her brother, Jim Eager, who admitted "there are no words" to describe the tragedy which had befallen the family.
Ms Horgan's son, Paul (25), has been charged with her murder at Murmount Avenue, Montenotte, in Cork on November 23 last.
Mr Horgan appeared before Cork District Court last Wednesday and was remanded in custody on the single murder charge.
He was not at the Requiem Mass yesterday for his mother at St Joseph's Church, Mayfield.
Prayers were offered for Paul Horgan by Fr Dermot Brennan.
Ms Horgan's husband, Billy (67), led the mourners and was flanked by his daughters, Jennifer and Caroline.
In a moving tribute to his sister, Mr Eager said the entire family was left devastated.
"There are no words," he said.
Mr Eager said his sister had always been a role model for himself and his siblings, Robert, Anne and Jacqueline.
"I always had in front of me the shining example that Marian was. Marian was a person of limitless energy. But she also had tremendous love, kindness and good humour.
"Marian will always be a huge part of our lives. She leaves behind two wonderful gifts - the beautiful family that she helped to create and the immense debt of gratitude we all owe her for the wonderful way she lived her life."
Fr Brennan said Marian was a staunch community activist.
She was also a deeply modest woman, who rarely referred to the fact she was an outstanding hockey player.
"The Horgan and Eager families have suffered a great loss. We all feel that loss and we support them this morning," he said.
"The shock and the silence over this tragedy are almost palpable. One minute all is right with the world and the next we are lost and in total darkness without the slightest warning. In just one moment, our whole world is turned upside down.
"The loss of a wife, a mother, a friend and a neighbour hurts deeply.
"It is a shattering experience - all the more so when the loss is so sudden and tragic," Fr Brennan said.