The beloved mother of film star Liam Neeson is to be laid to rest in Ballymena tomorrow.
Catherine 'Kitty' Neeson, who was 94, passed away on Saturday at Slemish Nursing Home - it was the day before Liam's birthday, turning 68 yesterday.
Liam's loving mum's passing was announced at Mass at All Saints Church at the weekend and yesterday her funeral arrangements were posted on social media.
After a "strictly private" service at James Henry's Funeral Parlour at 12.30pm she will be interred at Ballymena Cemetery, where Liam's dad Barney, who died in 1988, is buried.
Friends and neighbours have been encouraged to come and pay their respects to Kitty but have been reminded to take into account social distancing requirements.
The notice of her death read: "Neeson Catherine (Kitty): June 6, 2020 (peacefully) at Slemish Nursing Home, late of 2 Kenvara Broughshane Road, Ballymena.
"Beloved wife of the late Barney, loving mother of Elizabeth, Bernadette, Liam and Rosaleen a devoted grandmother and great grandmother.
"Funeral strictly private. The cortege will leave Henry's Funeral Parlour, Broughshane Street, on Tuesday, June 9 at 12.30pm to Ballymena cemetery.
"This is an opportunity for her neighbours and many friends to pay their respects and show their support for the family, while adhering to social distancing.
"Lovingly remembered by her sorrowing family and family circle at home, USA, Worthing and Waterford.
"Our Lady Queen of Peace pray for her."
It is not yet known if Liam, who has a property in New York, will be able to fly home for the funeral with reduced travel available during the current coronavirus pandemic.
Mother-of-four Kitty had been ill for some months having suffered a fall, and had been recovering in nursing homes, first in Ballymoney and then in Ballymena close to her Kenvara home.
Hundreds of tributes to Waterford-born Kitty, a former school cook at St Louis School in Ballymena, have been paid online and on social media.
Also paying his respects was Councillor Peter Johnston, the Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, who said: "Very sorry to hear this news.
"As Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, I will be raising this at full council on Tuesday where we will be holding a minute's silence. Rest in Peace, Kitty."
In Liam Neeson, the first biography, the family are described as "close-knit and God-fearing" and that Kitty was "protective" over her only son.
She said: "I still fret about Liam.
"Tell me, what mother doesn't worry about her children? You bring them into the world, you want the best for them and you worry about them.
"It's human nature. He's whatever he is, but he still my son."
Biographer Ingrid Millar wrote: "Her biggest worry was that Liam studied too much.
"He was a model child, well mannered, polite and beholden to authority, to parents, to neighbours and even to friends."
One local interviewed for the book said: "You'll catch Kitty in the street and she'll tell you, if she's pressed, because she never really likes to blow about our Liam.
"He's never really left here. It was always, still is always, our Liam."
The book also revealed that pride of place in her house and framed on her wall was a letter from former American President Bill Clinton.
The missive praised Liam for his performance in Schindler's List, Steven Spielberg's wrenching drama about the Holocaust that won an Oscar and saw Liam nominated for one.
It read: "Your portrayal of Oskar Schindler is brilliant and I hope I will soon have an opportunity to tell you personally how much I admire your work."