Sunday 19 November 2017

Slain grandmother Anne's family light the way home for their 'angel'

Familymembers carry the coffin of Anne Shorthall
Familymembers carry the coffin of Anne Shorthall

A small Wicklow village fell silent yesterday as tragic mum-of-three Anne Shortall was laid to rest.

Hundreds of mourners lined the streets to pay their last respects to the slain grandmother.

Over 400 mourners gathered at St Joseph's Church in her native village of Rathnew.

Ms Shortall (47) was reported missing on Good Friday and her body was discovered in a shed in Killougther on Tuesday.


Local curate Fr Donal Roche led the emotional ceremony where he paid tribute to her family for their strength during the "harrowing, heartbreaking week".

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

Ms Shortall 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 altar by her three children. They included a family photo, a 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 Leonard said she "loved a good game of cards".

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 candlelight vigil on Wednesday night.

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

Roy Webster (38) with an address at Ashbre, Killoughter, Co Wicklow has been charged with Anne's murder.

He appeared before Bray district court on Thursday where he was remanded in custody until April 16.


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