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Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral of Jasmine McMonagle at St Mary's Church in Castlefinn, Co Donegal

Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral of Jasmine McMonagle at St Mary's Church in Castlefinn, Co Donegal

Jasmine McMonagle

Jasmine McMonagle

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Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral of Jasmine McMonagle at St Mary's Church in Castlefinn, Co Donegal

Aspiring model and actress Jasmine McMonagle was buried alongside her grandmother Rose in her native Co Donegal yesterday.

There were poignant scenes as hundreds of people walked the short distance from St Mary's Church in Castlefinn to the nearby graveyard to say farewell to the 28-year-old.

The mother-of-two was found dead at her home in Killygordon, which she shared with her two young daughters, in the early hours of last Friday.

Poem

Those who attended Jasmine's funeral mass were told how she was a caring person who always put others first.

When her grandmother passed away when she was 17, Jasmine got a tattoo with the words "Gran Rose" on it to remember her by.

She also wrote a poem the day her grandmother died, which was read out at the end of the funeral mass.

Fr Oliver Crilly said it was fitting that Jasmine would now be laid to rest alongside her grandmother whom she loved so much. Fr Crilly added he had spent some time with the family at their home in Castlefinn and it was clear that they were very close.

Death was difficult at any time, but at this time and in such circumstances it was even more difficult, he added.

"But bereavement around Christmas time is harder. Bereavement associated with cruel trauma is the hardest of all," he said.

Jasmine was a good mother who had a very special relationship with her children, Fr Crilly said. "She loved to give. She spoilt her wee brother Christopher when he was young and even now when he was 22 years old," he said.

Jasmine, who had done some modelling, always presented herself well, he said.

Family was very always important to Jasmine and her family "have been very impressive during these dark days", Fr Crilly said. "And they have been buoyed by the support and response of the local community."

Mourners were told that Jasmine had her own style and liked to keep up with fashion trends but also created her own trends that made her stand out.

"She didn't just follow the fashions, she loved to be different, to be herself," he added.

Like her mother, Jasmine liked to study people and their behaviour and thought that one day she would like to be a private detective.

Among those who mourned Jasmine were her mother Jacqueline, sister Jenna, brother Christopher as well as her daughters and a wide circle of family and close friends.

Dream

Hundreds of people turned up at the Border village church to say one last goodbye to the young woman who had grown up among them.

She had left the area dreaming of becoming a model and an actress before settling in Killygordon in east Donegal where she made a home with her two little girls.

Richard Burke (27), Jasmine's former partner, appeared at Sligo District Court on Saturday charged with her murder.


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