Tuesday 23 July 2019

Poignant scene as woman laid to rest

Brendan Keane

The small church in Ballyduff was the scene of a poignant funeral ceremony at the weekend for the woman whose remains were found in a ditch outside Ferns in January.

The funeral of Geraldine McGuinness saw local people gather to pay their respects to a person they didn't know but whose story captured the attention of the national media when she was found by passers-by in Ballyandrew at the beginning of the year.

An English national, Ms McGuinness is believed to have lived in Wexford for a number of years.

On Saturday her remains were reposing in Kavanagh's Funeral home in Castlelands, Ferns, before being conveyed to the small church in Ballyduff for funeral mass at 11 a.m.

In the funeral home local musicians, David O'Connor and Anthony Moynihan performed lovely renditions of 'Amazing Grace' and 'Hear I Am Lord'.

Local people held a candlelight vigil for Ms McGuinness in Ferns and Fr Paddy Cushen thanked all of the people who took part in that.

He also thanked the gardai and local people for their help in the immediate aftermath of Ms McGuinness's remains being found.

Richie Power, from Kavanagh's Undertakers, gave the readings and those in attendance were told it was fitting that her final resting place is close to where she was found.

Local people carried the coffin from the funeral home to the hearse and at the graveside members of the gardai carried the coffin from the church in Ballyduff to the grave into which they also lowered it.

At the end of the ceremony lovely flowers were placed on the grave by local people.

Gorey Guardian