Mother of Ulster rugby star Darren Cave to be laid to rest
Ulster Rugby players are expected to join mourners today at the funeral of the mother of one of their stars, Darren Cave.
Ruth Cave, whose maiden name was Boston, was described in a family notice as "the kindest, sweetest, gentlest creature who ever walked this planet".
Mrs Cave, who had been ill for some time, died last Saturday.
Her son Darren (29) was pulled out of the Ulster versus Northampton Saints game on Friday, a pre-season friendly. He is also unlikely to play in Friday's match against Newport Dragons.
It is understood that Ulster's Captain's Run training event, originally scheduled for today, has been moved to enable Darren's Ulster team colleagues to attend today's Service of Thanksgiving at the High Street Presbyterian Church in Holywood.
The Ulster Rugby Supporters Club (URSC) expressed their sympathy with the Cave family. "She will be much missed by her friends in URSC," the fans' spokesman said.
Darren's club, Belfast Harlequins RFC, took to Facebook to offer their condolences to his grieving family. "Sorry to hear of the passing of Ruth Cave. A smiling face up at Harlequins watching Darren play for our 1st XV and at Ulster games. Sympathy to Brian, Stuart and Darren and their family circle. RIP Ruth," the club posted.
The Cave family requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the Friends of the Cancer Centre, c/o John Gray & Co, High Street, Holywood.