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Video: Funeral held for Belfast mum-of-five Geraldine McKay after drugs death

The funeral of tragic mother-of-five Geraldine McKay has been held in Belfast.

The 28-year-old, who struggled with drug addiction, was found dead in her Suffolk Road home on May 4.

Crowds of mourners gathered at St Michael The Archangel Church on Friday for her funeral service.

Father Ciaran Feeney said Ms Mckay’s death had been “a terrible shock” to her father Edward and the wider family.

Family and Friends carry the coffin of Geraldine McKay following a funeral at St Michael The Archangel Church West Belfast. Pic by Peter Morrison
Family and Friends carry the coffin of Geraldine McKay following a funeral at St Michael The Archangel Church West Belfast. Pic by Peter Morrison
Edward McKay, front right, carries the coffin of his daughter Geraldine McKay following her funeral at St Michael The Archangel Church West Belfast. Pic by Peter Morrison

“Death of a young mother of 28-years-of age is a terrible shock, but to be so soon, a matter of weeks after Bridget’s death is really beyond words."

Her death was the second tragedy to hit the McKay family in the last month.

On April 11, her sister Bridget McKay was found dead in her flat in the New Lodge area of Belfast.  Her death was also drug-related.

On Thursday, their sister Sinead McKay (18) and her father Edward's partner Clare Rea spoke to the Belfast Telegraph from the family home about the sisters' struggles with addiction.

Clare urged people using drugs to think about the hurt caused to loved ones.

"Once they start, their family can see them deteriorating in front of their eyes," she said.

"And no matter what the family try to do, once the drugs get a hold of them it's just too hard. Don't take them - you have to fight and say no.

"It's not fair on Sinead or their children, and no man should have to bury his children. It's against the law of nature and it shouldn't happen. All we want is for someone to listen.

"They were two beautiful wee girls and it's such a waste of life."

Relatives of Geraldine mcKay carry the coffin following a funeral at St Michael The Archangel Church West Belfast. Pic by Peter Morrison
Relatives of Geraldine mcKay carry the coffin following a funeral at St Michael The Archangel Church West Belfast. Pic by Peter Morrison

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