Friday 15 December 2017

Daughter in moving tribute to slain mum

Ralph Riegel

THE daughter of murdered mother-of-three Catherine Smart (57) broke down at her funeral Mass yesterday as she wished her mother a happy birthday.

Mary Smart was unable to hold back the tears in the Church of the Holy Rosary in Midleton, Co Cork, as she revealed that her mother should have turned 58 next Wednesday.

Catherine 'Cathy' Smart was beaten to death with a hurley on Easter Sunday morning, and was found dead in the kitchen of her home at Bailick Court.

Yesterday, Mary thanked mourners for their kindness and paid a moving final tribute.

"We would like to wish mammy a very happy birthday on Wednesday -- from me, Tony, Michelle, the grandchildren, her family and friends. She will be with her parents for her birthday," she sobbed.

Cathy was buried in her native Ballyhooly, Co Cork beside her parents Pat and Mary O'Callaghan.

Detectives arrested a man in his 40s in connection with the killing. He was released without charge, and a file on the matter is being prepared for the DPP.

Irish Independent

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