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Corrs share grief as mother is buried

STARS from the world of music gathered in Dundalk on Saturday to pay their last respects to Jean Corr, mother of the four siblings who form the group, The Corrs.

Mrs Corr died in the Freeman hospital in Newscastle in the UK, where she had been waiting for a lung transplant. She was described as the most avid fan of her children's careers and had every paper clipping about them to prove it.

``No other mother was as proud of her children as Jean was. The measure of her love is seen and expressed in the sadness of those she loved,'' said family friend Fr Malachy Murphy, who celebrated the funeral mass.

Amongst the mourners was Bono, Larry Mullen, Brian Kennedy and Paul Brady. Hundreds more waited in the bitter cold outside the family home in Ard Easmuinn, Dundalk.

Mrs Corr's husband Gerry and the four children walked in silence behind the coffin as the cortege made the short journey to the Church of the Redeemer a few hundred yards away.

Before he began the mass from an alter adorned with white orchids, Fr Murphy addressed the crowd of around one thousand people, including members of the press, who had gathered for the funeral. ``I would ask us all to remember why it is we are here, it is for the happy repose of Jean and to pray for her family. Instead of searching for news and gossip, we should focus on what brought us here.''

He described Mrs Corr an earthy and natural mother to Andrea, Caroline, Sharon and Jim, was uncannily intuitive. She and Gerry had supported their children as they pursued their ambitions and dreams, he said, which had meant they left home in one swoop.

``Despite all the fame, they never lost the basic Christian values and attributes that make a family,'' Fr Murphy said.

``She fought like a tiger a disease that ultimately was incurable but she hoped and prayed otherwise.'' Mrs Corr was laid to rest in St Patrick's cemetery.

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