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Nora Bennis's coffin is carried from Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Limerick following funeral mass.  Photograph Liam Burke/Press 22

Nora Bennis's coffin is carried from Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Limerick following funeral mass. Photograph Liam Burke/Press 22

Nora Bennis's coffin is carried from Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Limerick following funeral mass. Photograph Liam Burke/Press 22

The late founder of the Solidarity Movement, Nora Bennis, was a loud voice against abortion and divorce, as well as promoting Catholic and family values.

However, her family revealed at her funeral Mass in Limerick yesterday that she died "heartbroken by the problems in society".

The 78-year-old mother of four, who was also well-known in cultural circles having founded the Bennis School of Irish Dancing, died on Monday following a short illness, surrounded by loved ones in hospital.

Ms Bennis's funeral, which took place at Our Lady of the Rosary Chruch, Ennis Road, Limerick city, was co-concelebrated by 10 priests, led by Fr Tom Ryan, CC, and Fr Des McAuliffe, PP.

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