Monday 21 October 2019

'Forever young and beautiful' - Funeral arrangements for tragic Alli MacDonnell released by heartbroken family

Alli MacDonnell passed away last week Photo:
Alli MacDonnell passed away last week Photo: Newsdesk Newsdesk

The funeral of tragic Irish model Alli MacDonnell is to take place on Friday, her heartbroken family has confirmed.

The mother-of-four (37), who was from Rathfarnham, Dublin, passed away last week.

Her funeral Mass will take place in Dalkey at 11.30am, followed by burial in Dungar Cemetary, Roscrea, Co Tipperary.

The funeral notice, posted on, said the beautiful model is "Very sadly missed by her heartbroken children, mum Imelda, father Michael, brothers, sisters, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, her grandparents John and Maureen, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and a wide circle of friends."

Tributes: Model Alli MacDonnell was ‘an extraordinary mother’. Photo: Brian McEvoy
Tributes: Model Alli MacDonnell was ‘an extraordinary mother’. Photo: Brian McEvoy

It concluded with the message "Forever young and beautiful."

Tributes poured in for Ms MacDonnell following her death.

Autism Ireland CEO Samantha Judge said Ms MacDonnell was an "amazing mother" and a tireless campaigner for autism.

In recent years she fronted campaigns for Autism Ireland after her younger son was diagnosed with the condition.

“Here at Autism Ireland, we are very shocked and saddened at the loss of Alli," Ms Judge said.

“Alli was an amazing mother, a beautiful woman, inside and out."

Close friend Lisa Burgess paid tribute to the mother of four, describing her as "wickedly funny, naughty, full of mischief and extraordinarily caring and compassionate".

"She was an extraordinary mother and lived for her kids and her wonderful family," she said.

A regular face on Ireland AM where she modelled in fashion slots, Alli was mum to Sienna (2), Harry (9) and she had two older teenager children.

Valerie Roe who runs a PR and events agency recalled working with Alli. “She was a single mum, life was hard but she lived for her kids, that was my abiding memory".

Her death is being treated as a "personal tragedy".

If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in this article please contact Samaritans helpline 116 123 or Aware helpline 1800 80 48 48 or Pieta House on 1800 247 247.

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