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Armed gardai keep watch at funeral of tragic mum-of-three

ARMED gardai were out on patrol for the funeral of a mum-of-three found dead in her Dundalk home.

The cortege made its way to Jacqueline McDonagh's native Navan, where a Funeral Mass took place.

The hushed congregation heard how there has been a "very real and deep sadness" within both the Traveller and settled community at the death of the 34-year-old.

Hundreds of people filled St Mary's Church in Navan to bid a sad farewell to the popular young woman some 10 days after her death in Dundalk.

Her husband Michael McDonagh (33) has been charged with her murder.

Family friend Fr Paddy Kelly was the main concelebrant and he said that since her death, "there has been a very real air of utter shock and sadness within the community".

"It has been a long 10 days and a long wait but this evening we finally bring her body here to Navan for the last time. It's a time of very real and deep sadness."

He began the Mass by talking directly to her children Chloe (14), Nikita (10) and Michael (5) and other family members including her in-laws.

"What you have been through over the last 10 days must be the worst nightmare you can ever imagine.


"All we can do is just to be with you here through your pain and grief and hope our presence and our prayers will be some comfort and consolation to you at this sad time."

After Requiem Mass she was buried in St Finian's cemetery, Athboy road, Navan.

Ms McDonagh (34) was discovered dead in her College Manor home on the outskirts of Dundalk town in the early hours of last Wednesday morning.

Her husband Michael McDonagh has been charged with her murder and made an appearance at Cloverhill District Court as her funeral was taking place.

He was further remanded in custody.