Friday 18 October 2019

Town's massive goodbye to Lynn

Rainbow of colour was fitting tribute to much loved teacher and mum

Alison Comyn

It was fitting that the grey clouds parted to reveal glorious sunshine as the coffin carrying Lynn Browne (nee Keeley) entered St Peter's Church .

It was said she was like a ray of sunshine in the lives of all those who knew her, and West Street was a sea of navy and red - the uniforms of the students of Ballymakenny College where Lynn was Deputy Principal and art teacher, and the red kit of Drogheda & District Athletics Club where she was a valued member.

As the hundreds upon hundreds of people entered the church, it burst into a rainbow of colour, with mourners honouring the family's wishes to celebrate her vibrant life by not wearing black.

Seldom, if ever, has our main church seen an outpouring of grief of this scale - it may be Ireland's largest town, but for one day, it was a close-knit village community sharing a sense of utter loss at Lynn's untimely passing.

Words such as 'beautiful, driven, vibrant and loyal' were used by Fr Barry Matthews to describe the 40-year old; loving wife to Kenneth and mother to Baxter (6). And her sister Jules described Lynn as a 'superhero'.

Drogheda Independent