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Marie's sense of fun made her many friends

Published 30/01/2013 | 13:00

Marie Gonnelly 1981-2013

The sudden death on January 4th in Abu Dhabi at the age of just 31 of Marie Gonnelly of Ashbrook, Avenue Road evoked great sorrow and shock throughout Dundalk and further afield.

Growing up in Dundalk, Marie's great exuberance and sense of fun made her many life- long friends and her involvement in music, dance and Christmas pantomimes gave Marie and friends immense pleasure.

Academically brilliant even from an early age, Marie's thirst for knowledge became obvious in the Friary Primary School, and developed as she moved into secondary education in St. Vincent's and later in third level in Trinity College, University College Cork and the National University of Ireland at Maynooth.

Marie then joined the careers service in Dublin Institute of Technology, and her talents led quickly to her appointment to the board of Graduate Ireland, where she was able to convey her ideas and enthusiasm to a wide audience.

When New York University in Abu Dhabi offered her the position of Assistant Director in their Career Development Centre, her short involvement made a lasting impression on staff and students.

Marie is survived by her loving parents, Patrick and Linda, sisters, Caroline and Alison and brother, Paul, along with grandfather, Michael McCormack (Navan), boyfriend, Sean Mooney, nephews, Jordan and Tiernan, niece, Cara, uncles, relatives and many friends.

On arrival home in Ireland, Marie's remains reposed at her home in Ashbrook before being taken to St. Patrick's Cathedral where Requiem Mass was concelebrated by Rev Desmond Brannigan C.C. St. Patrick's and Rev. Alan Hilliard from the Dublin Institute of Technology, Bolton Street.

Students from St. Vincent's School provided a Guard of Honour outside the Church.

The Readings were given by Marie's father, Patrick Gonnelly and Orla Mooney while the Prayers of the Intercession were ledby Cara Jeffers - Gonnelly, Ciaran Jeffers, David Mooney, Linda Ryan and Clodagh McDonnell.

The Offertory Gifts were presented by Sharleena Black - Fitzsimons and Bernadette Mooney. The beautiful music and singing were provided by Padraig Breen and Fiona Burton.

A touching eulogy was given by Marie's father, Patrick at the end of the Mass.

Burial took place in St. Patrick's Cemetery and the large attendance at both ceremonies reflected the huge impression Marie's short life had made and the respect her family is held within the community.

Month's Mind Mass will be celebrated in St. Patrick's on Sunday, February 10th at 11.30 a.m.

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