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The funeral of Terri-Anne Mackin  at Sacred Heart Church, Belfast

The funeral of Terri-Anne Mackin at Sacred Heart Church, Belfast

The funeral of Terri-Anne Mackin  at Sacred Heart Church, Belfast

The funeral of Terri-Anne Mackin at Sacred Heart Church, Belfast

Pacemaker Press Belfast 31-12-2009:  Friends and family pictured  at Terri-Anne Mackin (16) funeral.  Terri died suddenly at her home 66 Cliftonville road on the 27th of December 2009 took place today at The Sacred Heart Church on the Old Park road in Belfast.Picture: Pacemaker.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 31-12-2009: Friends and family pictured at Terri-Anne Mackin (16) funeral. Terri died suddenly at her home 66 Cliftonville road on the 27th of December 2009 took place today at The Sacred Heart Church on the Old Park road in Belfast.Picture: Pacemaker.

The funeral of Terri-Anne Mackin  at Sacred Heart Church, Belfast

The funeral of Terri-Anne Mackin at Sacred Heart Church, Belfast

The funeral of Terri-Anne Mackin  at Sacred Heart Church, Belfast

The funeral of Terri-Anne Mackin at Sacred Heart Church, Belfast

The funeral of Terri-Anne Mackin  at Sacred Heart Church, Belfast

The funeral of Terri-Anne Mackin at Sacred Heart Church, Belfast

Terri-Anne Mackin

Terri-Anne Mackin

Terri-Anne Mackin

Terri-Anne Mackin

The funeral of Terri-Anne Mackin  at Sacred Heart Church, Belfast

The funeral of Terri-Anne Mackin at Sacred Heart Church, Belfast

JUSTIN KERNOGHAN

The funeral of Terri-Anne Mackin  at Sacred Heart Church, Belfast

The funeral of Terri-Anne Mackin at Sacred Heart Church, Belfast

The funeral of Terri-Anne Mackin at Sacred Heart Church, Belfast

Clutching a single white rose in her hands the heartbroken mother of Terri-Anne Mackin had to be supported by grieving relatives as she laid her talented daughter to rest yesterday.









The moving sight of Ann Mackin nestling her strained face against the side of the 16-year-old Irish dancing star’s coffin as she carried it into The Sacred Heart Church in north Belfast caused many mourners to shed a tear.

Hundreds of friends and family poured into the church on the Oldpark Road to bid a final goodbye to the beautiful teenager who died on Sunday. Terri-Anne fell asleep on the sofa at her family home on Cliftonville Road but never woke up. It is believed she could have suffered from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome.

Among mourners were members of Colaiste Feirste, the Irish speaking school on the Falls Road in west Belfast that Terri-Anne attended.

Requiem Mass, which was conducted in Irish, was led by Father Ciarán Hegarty.

The former All-Ireland dancing champion, who said on her bebo site that she was happiest when dancing, received a guard of honour from more than a dozen of her Irish dancing colleagues.

Terri-Anne was laid to rest in City Cemetery.

Belfast Telegraph