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Tragic Eimear O'Neill 'one in a million' mourners at her funeral are told

By Cate McCurry

Published 09/01/2016

Eimear O'Neill
Eimear O'Neill

The funeral of a Co Tyrone woman who was found dead by her husband has heard of her exceptional gift of "touching the hearts" of everyone she met.

Eimear O'Neill (37) from Dungannon was described as "one in a million" by friends and family.

The popular woman died at her home in the Moy area on Monday night after her husband Kieran raised the alarm.

It is understood that the couple, who were married for 10 years, were at home together when Kieran left the house for a few minutes and returned to find her body.

Eimear's sudden passing came just hours after she had attended a wake in Dungannon.

Police say they are not treating her death as suspicious.

Some 600 mourners attended the funeral at St John's, Moy, yesterday where parish priest Fr John Hughes spoke of the community's shock at her death.

Fr Hughes added: "She showed her great love of God by her love of people and she had an exceptional gift of touching the hearts of so many people.

"It was such a shock for the heartbroken people that perhaps we need to move beyond words to silence.

"She was a wonderful help and was like a soul friend.

"We also spoke about her husband Kieran and her father-in-law. Kieran is also the chairman of the local ploughing association in Moy.

"A friend of Kieran's spoke on his behalf and said that he made a promise to himself that he would be equal to the task of looking after Eimear in that he would be faithful to his spouse, who he was married to for 10 years."

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