ACTOR Jonathan Rhys Meyers led the mourners last night as the remains of his mother Geri (50) were removed before today's funeral.
Funeral attendants used three large black umbrellas to prevent the star or his family from being photographed by the media as hundreds of friends and locals gathered to pay their last respects.
The mother-of-four died suddenly on Tuesday in the Mercy University Hospital (MUH) after a short illness.
Rhys Meyers was joined by his brothers Alan, Paul and Jamie, his mother's partner John and her former husband Johnny O'Keeffe.
Hundreds of people gathered in freezing temperatures at Barry Brothers funeral home -- not far from Ms Meyers' Hazelbrook house.
Actors Colin Farrell and Cillian Murphy are expected to attend today's funeral in Cork.
Rhys Meyers, wearing a grey suit, walked hand-in-hand with girlfriend Reema Hammer into the funeral home.
Ms Meyers' remains were brought the short distance to St Joseph's Church, Spring Hill where the coffin was met by Fr Noel O'Sullivan.
She will be buried today, after Requiem Mass at 11am in St Joseph's, at St Catherine's Cemetery, Kilcully.
Geri Meyers had been in poor health in recent years but her sudden death still shocked her family and friends.
Her death brought a flood of tributes and expressions of sympathy from the Irish entertainment world.
Director Kirsten Sheridan, daughter of award-winning director Jim Sheridan, said: "Our thoughts are certainly with Jonathan at this time."
Ryan Tubridy, who hosted the actor as a guest on his RTE show last Saturday night, also extended his condolences.