A MUM-OF-FOUR who suffered a violent death at her Bray home last week has been laid to rest after a humanist ceremony.
Lynn-Margaret Cassidy, who was described as a "loving and much loved woman who lived for her kids", was beaten to death two days after her 50th birthday.
Her body was discovered last Friday on the floor of a downstairs room in the Deepdales estate, at Southern Cross Road, Bray, Co Wicklow.
Her 21-year-old son has been charged with her murder.
Despite applying to the High Court for compassionate bail so that he could pay his respects at the funeral, as per the family's wishes, he was not in attendance yesterday.
The Victorian Chapel at Mount Jerome Crematorium was at full capacity for the ceremony.
A silence fell over the mourners as Lynn's coffin was brought into the 19th century chapel to the strains of Annie Lennox's No More I Love Yous.
Her family, cast in uncontrollable grief, looked ashen-faced as they filed past throngs of mourners. The humanist ceremony was a cacophony of music and stories designed to "pay tribute and celebrate an incredible life".
Celebrant Billy Hutchinson acknowledged the devastation felt at Lynn's death, commenting that she had so much of her life ahead of her.
"Lynn was lively, with intelligent quips, and a particular style of irreverent and off-the-wall humour," he said.
"She had a spring in her step and there was no way you could be sad when she was around."
She was vivacious, intelligent and warm; someone with a radiant smile and glint in her eye.
One thing was constant throughout her 50 years - her infectious smile.
Her sister, Edel, passed away almost exactly two years ago, while her mother, Aileen, died six months ago.
The coffin was decked with yellow roses and a photograph of her smiling.
The voice of her devastated brother, Michael, quivered as he delivered an emotional tribute.
"This is the third time in the space of two years that I've been standing up in these circumstances talking about one of my family," he said.
"We are all devastated by this. She was an ebullient character who was full of life - and lived as if each day was her last."