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Hundreds gather to pay respects at funeral of homeless woman Catherine Kenny who died on Belfast's streets

Published 23/03/2016

Hundreds turned out for the funeral of Catherine Kenny who died on Belfast streets.
Hundreds turned out for the funeral of Catherine Kenny who died on Belfast streets.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 22/03/2016 The Funeral of homeless woman Catherine Kenny who was found dead in a shop doorway in Belfast, Takes Place at St Patrick's Church in Downpatrick on Wednesday. She is the fifth homeless person to die on Belfast's streets this year. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Wednesday 23rd March 2016 St Patrick's Church, Downpatrick. Hundreds turned out for the funeral of Catherine Kenny who died on Belfast streets.
Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Wednesday 23rd March 2016 St Patrick's Church, Downpatrick. Hundreds turned out for the funeral of Catherine Kenny who died on Belfast streets.
Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Wednesday 23rd March 2016 St Patrick's Church, Downpatrick. Hundreds turned out for the funeral of Catherine Kenny who died on Belfast streets.
Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Wednesday 23rd March 2016 St Patrick's Church, Downpatrick. Hundreds turned out for the funeral of Catherine Kenny who died on Belfast streets.
Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Wednesday 23rd March 2016 St Patrick's Church, Downpatrick. Hundreds turned out for the funeral of Catherine Kenny who died on Belfast streets.
Hundreds turned out for the funeral of Catherine Kenny who died on Belfast streets.
Hundreds turned out for the funeral of Catherine Kenny who died on Belfast streets.

Hundreds of mourners have gathered to pay their respects to a homeless woman who died on Belfast's streets.

Dozens of heartfelt messages and floral tributes have been left at the spot where Catherine Kenny (32) from Co Down died.

She is the fifth homeless person to die on Belfast's streets this year.

Large crowds gathered at the 32-year-old's funeral at St Patrick's Church in Downpatrick.

Her sister Lee-Maria Kenny Hughes previously told the BBC Stephen Nolan show of her devastation at her sister's death saying she knew they loved her but "it wasn't enough".

In an emotional interview she told how they had tried on many occasions to help her but that addiction to drugs and alcohol had "gripped her".

Lee-Maria's husband Darren said his sister-in-law went to a "dark place".

"There was no getting through to her. No matter what we offered her, suggested or encouragement we gave her,no matter how many times we told her we loved her, and she knew we loved her but it was never enough.

"She always at every opportunity we seen her,  she always said see you later, and she just turned and walked to the life she felt that she had to live."

Catherine's family have said they don't want her death to be in vain and that in order to prevent more happening, drugs need to be eradicated from society.

They hoped speaking out will save a life.

"We don't want Catherine's death to be in vain. She would be the first one to try and save someone's life. If she had managed to find her way back from this, of that i have no doubt she would have tried to save someone else's."

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