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The funeral of Brendan McAleese who died in last week's plane crash at Cork Airport

The funeral of Brendan McAleese who died in last week's plane crash at Cork Airport

Brendan McAleese, the cousin of President Mary McAleese's husband Martin, was killed in the Cork air crash

Brendan McAleese, the cousin of President Mary McAleese's husband Martin, was killed in the Cork air crash

Funeral of Cork plane crash victim Brendan McAleese takes place at St MacNissus church in Tannaghmore, Co Antrim. Mr McAleese was a cousin of Irish President Mary McAleese's husband Martin.  Martin and President Mary McAleese leave the church after the service.

Funeral of Cork plane crash victim Brendan McAleese takes place at St MacNissus church in Tannaghmore, Co Antrim. Mr McAleese was a cousin of Irish President Mary McAleese's husband Martin. Martin and President Mary McAleese leave the church after the service.

Irish President Mary McAleese with husband Martin (left) and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness (right) at the funeral of Brendan McAleese

Irish President Mary McAleese with husband Martin (left) and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness (right) at the funeral of Brendan McAleese

The funeral of Brendan McAleese who died in last week's plane crash at Cork Airport

The funeral of Brendan McAleese who died in last week's plane crash at Cork Airport

The coffin of Brendan McAleese, 39, from Co Tyrone, one of six to die in an accident at Cork airport last Thursday

The coffin of Brendan McAleese, 39, from Co Tyrone, one of six to die in an accident at Cork airport last Thursday

Laurence Wilson, who survived Thursday's plane crash at Cork Airport, attends the funeral of Brendan  McAleese

Laurence Wilson, who survived Thursday's plane crash at Cork Airport, attends the funeral of Brendan McAleese

Funeral of Cork plane crash victim Brendan McAleese takes place at St MacNissus church in Tannaghmore, Co Antrim.  Crash survivors Donal Walsh (left) and  Laurence Wilson (right) follow Brendan McAleese's coffin out of the church after the service.

Funeral of Cork plane crash victim Brendan McAleese takes place at St MacNissus church in Tannaghmore, Co Antrim. Crash survivors Donal Walsh (left) and Laurence Wilson (right) follow Brendan McAleese's coffin out of the church after the service.

Funeral of Cork plane crash Brendan McAleese takes place at St MacNissus church in Tannaghmore, Co Antrim.  Mr McAleese was a cousin of Irish President Mary McAleese's husband Martin (pictured)

Funeral of Cork plane crash Brendan McAleese takes place at St MacNissus church in Tannaghmore, Co Antrim. Mr McAleese was a cousin of Irish President Mary McAleese's husband Martin (pictured)

The funeral of Pat Cullinan, 45, who died in Thursday's plane crash at Cork Airport

The funeral of Pat Cullinan, 45, who died in Thursday's plane crash at Cork Airport

Martin McKeown

The funeral of Pat Cullinan, 45, who died in Thursday's plane crash. Among the mourners was his mother Rose and girlfriend Tina, right

The funeral of Pat Cullinan, 45, who died in Thursday's plane crash. Among the mourners was his mother Rose and girlfriend Tina, right

Martin McKeown

The mangled wreckage of the Manx2.com aircraft is removed

The mangled wreckage of the Manx2.com aircraft is removed

The mangled wreckage of the Manx2.com aircraft is removed

The mangled wreckage of the Manx2.com aircraft is removed

Examining the mangled wreckage of the Manx2.com aircraft

Examining the mangled wreckage of the Manx2.com aircraft

Examining the runway at Cork Airport

Examining the runway at Cork Airport

The mangled wreckage of the Manx aircraft is removed from the runway

The mangled wreckage of the Manx aircraft is removed from the runway

A Team arrives to cut up part of the  mangled wreckage of the aircraft

A Team arrives to cut up part of the mangled wreckage of the aircraft

Scene of the crash this morning at Cork Airport in which six people are believed to have died

Scene of the crash this morning at Cork Airport in which six people are believed to have died

Scene of the crash this morning at Cork Airport in which six people are believed to have died

Scene of the crash this morning at Cork Airport in which six people are believed to have died

Scene of the crash this morning at Cork Airport in which six people are believed to have died

Scene of the crash this morning at Cork Airport in which six people are believed to have died

Scene of the crash this morning at Cork Airport in which six people are believed to have died

Scene of the crash this morning at Cork Airport in which six people are believed to have died

Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk           10/2/2011Mandatory Credit - Picture by Justin KernoghanStaff under pressure - Police arrive at Belfast City Airport today - Six people have been killed after a small plane travelling from Belfast crashed in fog at Cork Airport.Cork University Hospital is treating six other people who were injured.The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) said the Manx2 commuter flight crashed on the runway as it made a third attempt to land in low visibility.The IAA said there were 10 passengers and two crew onboard the plane.The flight left George Best Belfast City Airport this morning.Rescue and Fire crews are at the scene of the crash.Cork University Hospital has activated its major accident plan.Manx Airlines has set up a special helpline on 028 90427004

Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 10/2/2011Mandatory Credit - Picture by Justin KernoghanStaff under pressure - Police arrive at Belfast City Airport today - Six people have been killed after a small plane travelling from Belfast crashed in fog at Cork Airport.Cork University Hospital is treating six other people who were injured.The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) said the Manx2 commuter flight crashed on the runway as it made a third attempt to land in low visibility.The IAA said there were 10 passengers and two crew onboard the plane.The flight left George Best Belfast City Airport this morning.Rescue and Fire crews are at the scene of the crash.Cork University Hospital has activated its major accident plan.Manx Airlines has set up a special helpline on 028 90427004

Justin Kernoghan

Scene of the crash this morning at Cork Airport in which six people are believed to have died

Scene of the crash this morning at Cork Airport in which six people are believed to have died

Scene of  the crash at Cork Airport

Scene of the crash at Cork Airport

Scene of  the crash at Cork Airport

Scene of the crash at Cork Airport

Scene of  the crash at Cork Airport, picture taken on a mobile phone from the airport terminal

Scene of the crash at Cork Airport, picture taken on a mobile phone from the airport terminal

19-seat Fairchild Metroliner - used for Belfast to Cork flights

19-seat Fairchild Metroliner - used for Belfast to Cork flights

Scene of  the crash at Cork Airport, picture taken on a mobile phone from the airport terminal

Scene of the crash at Cork Airport, picture taken on a mobile phone from the airport terminal

Cabin of 19-seat Fairchild Metroliner - used for Belfast to Cork flights

Cabin of 19-seat Fairchild Metroliner - used for Belfast to Cork flights

The funeral of Brendan McAleese who died in last week's plane crash at Cork Airport

The pregnant wife of a man killed in the Irish plane crash clutched her young daughters' hands as she walked behind his coffin.

Brendan McAleese, 39, a Co Tyrone businessman, was one of six to die in the accident at Cork airport last Thursday after his Manx2 flight from Belfast crashed in thick fog.

Grieving wife Anne Marie held the hands of Ava, five, and Erin, three, as they walked poignantly behind the cortege.

Irish President Mary McAleese was among other mourners for her husband's cousin at St MacNissius church in Tannaghmore, Antrim. The 1,000-strong crowd included crash survivors Donal Walsh, from Waterford, and Laurence Wilson, from Larne, Co Antrim.

Canon Malachy Murphy said Mr McAleese was the heart and soul of any gathering and adored his family.

He said: "Brendan was first and foremost a family man. He adored Anne Marie, Ava and Erin.

"All his energies were geared to providing for them. He had a warm personality, honest and generous. He looked out for others. There wasn't a selfish bone in his body."

Requiem Mass for Pat Cullinan, 45, a partner in leading accountancy firm KPMG in Belfast, also took place at St Patrick's Church in the Co Tyrone village of Cranagh.

During his funeral Mr Cullinan was described as an extraordinary, kind and charitable gentleman. Sympathy was extended to all the other victims' families.

The other four victims were Spanish pilot Jordi Gola Lopez, 31; co-pilot Andrew Cantle, 27, from York; 49-year-old businessman Richard Noble, who was originally from Derbyshire but lived in Northern Ireland, and Captain Michael Evans, 51, deputy harbour master in Belfast. Six other passengers sustained injuries.

PA