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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Hundreds turn out to pay their respects to tragic Anne

The coffin is carried to St Joseph's Church in Rathnew for the funeral of Anne Shortall
The coffin is carried to St Joseph's Church in Rathnew for the funeral of Anne Shortall
The coffin is carried to St Joseph's Church in Rathnew for the funeral of Anne Shortall
David Shortall, centre, with beard, at the funeral of his mother, Anne Shortall at St Joseph's Church in Rathnew
The coffin is carried to St Joseph's Church in Rathnew for the funeral of Anne Shortall
Family and friends at the funeral of Anne Shortall at St Joseph's Church in Rathnew
David Shortall, right, at the funeral of his mother, Anne Shortall at St Joseph's Church in Rathnew
Mourners at the funeral of Anne Shortall at St Joseph's Church in Rathnew
David Shortall, wearing sunglasses, helps to carry the coffin at the funeral of his mother, Anne Shortall at St Joseph's Church in Rathnew
David Shortall, wearing sunglasses, helps to carry the coffin at the funeral of his mother, Anne Shortall at St Joseph's Church in Rathnew

A small Wicklow village fell silent this morning as tragic Anne Shortall was laid to rest.

All 225 seats in St Joseph's church were taken up in her native village of Rathnew.

Hundreds of mourners lined the streets to pay their last respects to the grandmother who was found dead in a shed this week.

People who couldn't find room in the small stone and redbrick church congregated outside. 

The 47-year old's body was discovered in a shed in Killougther on Tuesday just 4km away from her final resting place.  

The mother-of-three was reported missing four days earlier with hundreds scouring the Wicklow coastline and countryside in search of the missing woman.

Floral arrangements adorned the quaint church today spelling out mother and sister.

Ms Shorthall's remains were carried through her hometown shortly after 10.15am.

She lay in rest at her brother, Gary Doyle's, home in Woodside, Rathnew before making the short journey up the steep hill to the church.

Local curate Dr Donal Roche led this morning's emotional ceremony.

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He said the tragic events had not only affected the family but the "entire community."

Ms Shortall, nee Doyle, was interned in nearby Rathnew cemetery shortly after 12pm this afternoon.

She was burried beside her mother Nellie and father Gar.

She is survived by her children Emma, David and Alanna.

And her 12 siblings Anthony, Seppy, Percy, Veronica, Gary, Noel, Gerry, Liz, Martin, Josie, Eileen and James.

Symbols of her life were brought to the Alter by her three children and one of her grandchildren's mother.

They included a family photo, prayer book that belonged to her mother, cuddly toys from grandchildren and a pack of cards.

Speaking at the ceremony, Ms Shortall's brother-in-law Henry said she "loved a good game of cards".

He thanked everyone involved in the search for Anne including the Coast Guard and Civil defence.

But paid special tribute to the Gardai for their support during the traumatic events.

In a touching eulogy  he said the family "were heartbroken" as they said "goodbye to their angel."

Fr Roche asked for people to continue lighting candles for Anne just as some 300 people did at a candle light vigil on Wednesday night.

"Let's continue to light Anne's way home and let us never forget her, "he said.

Hundreds of mourners turned out to pay their respects in the moving ceremony in Letrim Place, the spot where she was last seen alive.

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