Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery prepares for fiancé's funeral in Cork
Downton Abbey actress Michelle Dockery will say one last goodbye to her fiancé in Cork today.
The SAG Award winner has been engaged to John Dineen since 2014 and the couple had been together since 2013. He was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer earlier this year and lost his battle on Sunday at the age of 34.
Mr Dineen, from Waterfall, Co Cork, moved home to Ireland this summer to spend time with his family and receive treatment at Marymount Hospice.
Dockery flew to Ireland last week to be by his side in his final moments and yesterday, her 34th birthday, issued a brief statement appealing for privacy.
"The family is very grateful for the support and kindness they have received but would kindly request that they are left to grieve in private," a spokeswoman said for the actress said.
Mr Dineen will be buried today in Cork with his family and friends, who have said he "fought very bravely" during his illness. He also travelled to Germany for pioneering treatment after his diagnosis.
It is understood that the pair were engaged, and they started dating in September 2013 after being introduced by Irish actor Allen Leech, who stars alongside Michelle in the ITV period drama.
Dockery was with her fiancé and his family in his final hours and is said to have “gone to great lengths to support the family as much as possible.”
The public relations company which Mr Dineen worked for, FTI Consulting, paid tribute to him on Tuesday night.
The couple guarded their privacy closely with the actress only briefly referencing the love of her life in an interview over a year ago where she said she had a "wonderful man in my life from Ireland".
The firm's UK head of strategic communications, John Waples, said colleagues were deeply saddened by his death and appealed for the family to be allowed to grieve in private.
"John was an immensely valued colleague and friend and will be sorely missed," he said.
"Our thoughts are with his fiancee Michelle, his family and friends, as well as our colleagues who were closest to him, and we ask for privacy for his family at this difficult time."