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Joleen Corr funeral told Belfast woman had a 'heart of gold'

By Brett Campbell

Hundreds of mourners who attended the funeral of a west Belfast woman who died almost a year-and-a-half after being viciously attacked were told she had a "heart of gold".

Joleen Corr (27) died last Thursday after treatment was withdrawn due to the pain of her injuries which she sustained in 2016.

Father Anthony Devlin urged the congregation in St Paul's Church on the Falls Road to focus on "our blessed Mother" who knows the experience of her family's pain during a Requiem Mass.

"She knows what it's like to be with one who is dying," he said.

"Her son was crucified and violently killed - she knows what the pain of this is like."

The clergyman also said that, like Jesus, Joleen was surrounded by loved ones when she died.

"Her mummy, her sisters, her brothers and all the family gathered around her in love," he said.

"To ease her, to help her and telling her that they loved her.

"This was the last thing Joleen would have heard and understood."   

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Joleen Corr at home with her mother Carol

Fr Devlin recalled how the "bubbly" mum-of-one was "full of life" before she was severely injured in an assault at her Downpatrick home which left her in need of round the clock care.

Ms Corr passed away peacefully in the arms of her mother at Northern Ireland Hospice while surrounded by her family.

"She was a person you wanted to be around because she had a heart of gold," he said.

"She was a great friend to many."

However the priest said that the beautician's "greatest success" and source of "greatest joy" was her little son James who is too young to understand his great loss.

"He just knows that things have changed completely," he said.

"There will be great love and care for him as he takes his next steps."   

Michael O'Connor (32) is on remand awaiting trial for the attempted murder of Ms Corr and grievous bodily harm. The Public Prosecution Service is reviewing the attempted murder charge following Ms Corr's death.

Mr O'Connor, from west Belfast, denies the charges.

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