Church overflowing as mourners pay tribute to art dealer
A HOST of well-known figures turned out yesterday to pay their respects at the funeral of art dealer Isobel Smith.
Ms Smith (49) died suddenly last week from complications after undergoing recent medical treatment.
Her parents Margaret and John, son Karl (20), her sister Sarah, and brothers Simon, Conor and Stephen were chief mourners at a humanist ceremony.
Humanist funerals are non-religious ceremonies celebrating the life of the deceased.
Ms Smith was brought to the church in a wicker coffin and was later cremated at a private ceremony. The front cover of the funeral booklet carried a nude photograph of Ms Smith, who was one of several women over-40 to pose naked for artist Dan Duffy.
The Unitarian Church on St Stephen's Green in Dublin was overflowing as the 300-strong crowd spilled out on to the street.
Friends and family spoke and paid tribute to the deceased at the ceremony.
Singing at the service were Irish folk singers Brian Kennedy and Fiachna O'Braonain.
Others who attended were businessman Robbie Fox and his wife Martina; broadcaster Eamon Dunphy; music mogul Dave Kavanagh; actress Orla Brady; artist Guggi; former model Jackie Rafter; and food critic Paolo Tullio.