Thousands gather in Cork for tragic nurse Karen Buckley's final journey
Thousands queued patiently last night at a funeral home to pay emotional final respects to tragic Irish nurse Karen Buckley.
The Cork town of Mallow ground to a standstill as enormous crowds gathered to express their sympathy with the Buckley family on the heartbreaking loss of their only daughter.
Some travelled from Scotland to show their support for the Buckley family who have endured, as Mourneabbey parish priest Fr Joe O'Keeffe said, "every parent's worst nightmare".
The removal was one of the biggest in Mallow and was marked by guards of honour from Karen's former schools, St Mary's Secondary and classmates from the University of Limerick.
The student occupational therapist (24), was found dead on a Glasgow hill farm on April 15, just three days after she vanished from The Sanctuary nightclub.
Alexander Pacteau (21) has been charged with her murder.
Queues formed in Mallow from 3pm for Karen's removal to O'Connell's funeral home and the doors were opened to mourners.
Emotional scenes later marked the removal from the funeral home on St James Avenue for a final journey back to her native Analeentha outside Mourneabbey.
The coffin was shouldered by Karen's heartbroken father John (62) and her brothers, Brendan (32), Kieran (28) and Damien (27).
Her devastated mother Marian (61) was close by as it left the funeral home shortly after 8pm.
Karen's funeral Mass will take place at the Church of St Michael the Archangel, Analeentha, today with burial afterwards at St John's Cemetery, Burnfort.