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Dad's loving tribute to 'caring' Olivia

OLIVIA Burke "always had a smile", friends and family at the funeral of the Berkeley tragedy victim were told.

Olivia's parents Paul and Paula and her brother Gavin were the chief mourners at the service, along with the grieving parents of Olivia's cousin Ashley Donohoe, who also lost her life in the accident.

The service was also attended by the Walsh family whose daughter Eimear's funeral was held there the day before.

Singer Hozier sang the final hymn at the moving ceremony which saw hundreds of people come together to pay their respects to the popular student.

Local parish priest Fr Frank Herron led proceedings at the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour in Foxrock.


Her devastated dad paid tribute to his only daughter who "always had a smile" in a beautiful eulogy which painted a picture of an adventurous and hard-working young woman.

"She packed a lot into her short 21 years, in work experience, travel and friendships," he told the congregation.

She was "caring, considerate, more worried about your problems than chatting about her own, although she did love to chat," he told the congregation.

The grieving dad drew a laugh when he mentioned his daughter's fondness for a "boogie" on the dance floor.

His daughter had been enjoying her time in the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art and Design, where she was studying entrepreneurship and management, he said.

Before departing for the US she had told him that she was really looking forward to her final year and was determined to secure good results.

Her dad addressed her many groups of friends that were present in the church.

"They had a close-knit group and they enjoyed some great times," he said.

Mr Burke also paid tribute to his niece Ashley Donohoe.

The pair were "cousins and soulmates" he said.