Belfast Telegraph

The Corrs pay emotional tribute to father Gerry

The Corrs reunited musically for the first time in ten years to pay an emotional tribute to their father Gerry (82) at his funeral today.

Sharon, Caroline, Andrea and brother Jim, who last performed together in 2005, played the Minstrel Boy and another traditional Irish air on the altar of the Holy Redeemer Church in Dundalk, as well as reciting two poems written by their father.

Gerry Corr passed away at the Mater hospital surrounded by his family last Thursday after an illness.

Mourners who came to support the family included financier Dermot Desmond, father-in-law to Andrea Corr, artists Guggi and Terry Bradley and musician Simon Carmody.

A wreath of mixed spring flowers came from U2, with a card in the names of Bono, Larry, Adam and Edge.

Andrea Corr was comforted by her husband, Brett Desmond and the couple had with them their children Jean - who celebrated her third birthday yesterday and Brett jnr (2).

Caroline Corr was with her husband Frank Woods and their children Jake Gerard (12), Georgina (10) and Rihann (8).

Sharon Corr was supported by Belfast-born husband Gavin Bonner and children Cathal (9) and Flori (7).

Jim Corr had son Brandon (8) from his relationship with former Miss Ireland Gayle Williamson.

During the moving requiem mass, Sharon read a poem written by her father recalling his courtship with their beloved mother, Jean, who died at the age of 57.

The cover of the mass booklet showed a picture of the couple on their wedding day.

Chief celebrant Fr Paul Montague told the congregation Gerry had played an active part in the community of Dundalk and had been a meals on wheels volunteer, played the organ in the church, was a great supporter of Louth County Hospital and helped the plight of Travellers.

It was through his efforts that had secured a site on the Fairgreen for the Travelling community, Fr Montague said, noting that it had been met with some local resistance and caused Gerry to be labeled a "Weirdy Beardy" in a local newspaper.

Music had been his great love and he and his wife Jean had performed locally for over 30 years and had also nurtured their children to follow their musical dreams.

"And what a gift that has been," said Fr Montague.

The church was filled with applause as the siblings took to the altar in tribute to their father.

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