Pippa's farewell to her beloved mother
PAIN: Pippa O'Connor is comforted by her husband Brian Ormond at her mother's funeral in Co Kildare
Louise Mullen, the mother of model Pippa O'Connor Ormond, showjumping champion Cian O'Connor and their sister Susannah, was remembered yesterday for "her style, her smile, her quick wit and her generosity".
The grandmother of four died suddenly at her home in Johnstown, Co Kildare, last Saturday.
It is believed that Ms Mullen, the daughter of rugby legend Dr Karl Mullen, suffered a heart attack.
Her funeral was at the Church of the Sacred Heart and St Brigid in Kilcullen, where her parents are buried.
"We know how much she missed them," her younger sister Anna said. "And now she has been reunited with them."
Pippa, Susannah and Ms Mullen's seven siblings followed the coffin while Cian and Pippa's husband Brian Ormond acted as pallbearers.
Model boss Andrea Roche, TD Lucinda Creighton, showjumping great Gerry Mullins, businessman Bill Cullen and racehorse trainer Jim Bolger were among the mourners.
"Louise's life was a colourful one," said Anna. "She was a trained cook who loved listening to Ella Fitzgerald and reading Seamus Heaney's poetry.
"But her proudest accomplishment was her three children, Susannah, Philippa and Cian. She was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother."
Red Hurley sang Nat King Cole's Smile while Derek O'Connor from the Camembert Quartet sang Somewhere Over the Rainbow.
"A sudden death can be particularly painful," Fr Leonard Maloney said. "Families can feel robbed of an opportunity to say goodbye. But what a legacy Louise bequeaths - she was a generous and loving neighbour who would give you her last penny."
Earlier this week, Cian O'Connor described his mother's death as a massive loss. "Losing a parent is always difficult, but when it comes out of the blue it really knocks you," he said.