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Corrs pay musical tribute to beloved father Gerry (82)

By Nicola Anderson

Published 14/04/2015

Family anguish: Caroline, Andrea and Sharon Corr attend the funeral of their father Gerry Corr at the Church of the Holy Redeemer in Dundalk
Family anguish: Caroline, Andrea and Sharon Corr attend the funeral of their father Gerry Corr at the Church of the Holy Redeemer in Dundalk
Caroline, Jim, Andrea and Sharon Corr (alongside husband Gavin Bonner)
Gerry Corr on his wedding day
Flowers from U2 at the funeral of Gerry Corr
Belfast artist Terry Bradley

Babies and domesticity put the Corrs on hold - but the musical siblings have been reunited in song after a decade of silence in an emotional tribute to their father Gerry (82) at his funeral.

But while the public appearances may have ceased, the music clearly continues, as Sharon, Caroline, Andrea and brother Jim - who last performed together in 2005 - gave a note-perfect rendition of the Minstrel Boy and another beautiful traditional Irish air on the altar of the Holy Redeemer Church in Dundalk, Co Louth.

Gerry Corr passed away at Dublin's Mater hospital surrounded by his family last Thursday after an illness.

Mourners included financier Dermot Desmond, father-in-law to Andrea Corr; artists Guggi, Belfast's Terry Bradley and musician Simon Carmody. Andrea Corr was comforted by her husband, Brett Desmond, Caroline Corr was with her husband Frank Woods and Sharon was supported by husband Robert Gavin Bonner.

Jim Corr linked arms with Andrea as they walked behind the coffin, along with Gerry's grandchildren.

During the moving Requiem Mass, Sharon read a poem written by her father recalling his courtship with their mother, Jean, who died at the age of 57 of a rare lung disease in 1999. The cover of the mass booklet portrayed the attractive couple on their wedding day.

Chief celebrant the Rev Paul Montague told the congregation that for Gerry Corr it was love at first sight when he met Jean Bell in 1962 and they married a year later. He had played in The Sound Affair with Jean locally for over 30 years and nurtured their children to follow their musical dreams.

"And what a gift that has been," Fr Montague said.

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