Thursday 19 September 2019

Tragic Nóra to be laid to rest in her home town in the North

  

TRAGEDY: Nora Quoirin (15)
TRAGEDY: Nora Quoirin (15)
Kathy Armstrong

Kathy Armstrong

The funeral of Nóra Quoirin will take place in Belfast next week, her family has announced.

The 15-year-old went missing on August 3 while on holiday with her family at the Dusun resort in Malaysia.

Her body was discovered near a waterfall around 3km from the resort 10 days later.

Malaysian police believe the teenager, whose mother Meabh (45) is from Belfast and father Sebastien (47) is from France, died from internal bleeding probably caused by hunger and stress.

A requiem Mass will be held on Tuesday at 1pm in St Brigid's Church, Derryvolgie Avenue. It is the same church in which Nóra was baptised.

The principal celebrant for the funeral ceremony will be Fr Edward O'Donnell, who is parish priest of St Brigid's Parish, and he will be joined by Fr Pat Agnew who is Nóra's grand uncle.

Her devastated family has previously said that they are still looking for answers about what happened to her.

A statement by The Lucie Blackman Trust on behalf of her family said they wanted to thank the Malaysian government, police, search and rescue teams, local people and volunteers.

"Tragically, as we know, this wasn't enough to save Nóra," it said. "But our beautiful innocent girl died in extremely complex circumstances and we are hoping that soon we will have more answers to our many questions.

"We would like to thank the Malaysian authorities for their ongoing support and co-operation with international governments and police as the criminal and missing persons investigations continue.

"We will be bringing Nóra home where she will finally be laid to rest, close to her loving families in France and Ireland."

Irish Independent

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