HUNDREDS OF mourners attended the funeral of Dundalk woman Marie Gonnelly in St. Patrick's Cathedral.
Marie died suddenly in Abu Dhabi on January 4th, and her remains were brought back to Dundalk on Monday. She had moved to the United Arab Emirates last year, to take up a post at the New York University working in career guidance and personal development.
Speaking at the funeral, Fr. Desmond Brannigan C.C told mourners 'Marie had the wonderful gift of being able to bring out the best in others.'
Marie, who was in her early thirties had studied at University College Cork, Trinity College and NUI Maynooth.
'As I read through all of the studies that she had undertaken, it was obvious that she was quite a genius to be able to undertake all
of these studies and them,' said Fr. Brannigan. 'But it is clear that everything she studied was with a desire to help others.'
Fr. Brannigan said Marie had brought 'great joy and love to her family, friends and colleagues,' adding that she would be deeply missed by all who knew her.
He said people had travelled from near and far to mourn her sudden passing, including colleagues and friends from the Dublin Institute of Technology, where Marie had worked prior to her move to the UAE.
Masses were also said yesterday in Abu Dhabi in memory of the young Dundalk woman.
After funeral mass, burial took place at St. Patrick's cemetery.