Murdered girl remembered at funeral
Murdered schoolgirl Michaela Davis has been remembered as a vibrant and generous youngster, at times too eager to grow up quickly.
As the 12-year-old made her final journey through west Dublin, a parish priest called for a better society where children could be protected, treasured and flourish.
Father John Daly told mourners attending Michaela's funeral Mass in St Mochta's Church, Porterstown, Co Fingal, that the youngster was like a sunflower reaching out and up - recalling the theme of her First Communion four years ago.
"All of us knew Michaela was eager to grow up, too eager at times," he said.
"She pushed the boundaries in many ways but she wanted to grow up so much and so quickly.
"But all of us know like a sunflower there's also dangers to that as well because the sunflower in growing too quickly becomes vulnerable to external forces, to the winds that can gush it from side to side."
Michaela's white coffin was carried into the church by her father and brother, both called Brendan, and close relatives. Her distraught mother Deirdre and grandmother were comforted by relatives.
The churchyard was packed with children and teenage boys and girls from several schools around the area.
Many clutched hands and sobbed openly as they formed a guard of honour for their friend, whose body was found in undergrowth beside the Royal Canal in Porterstown last Saturday afternoon.
Jonathan Byrne, 18, from Lohunda Downs, a few streets from Michaela's home, is being held on remand charged with her murder. He is due back in court on Friday.