Heartfelt tributes in Limerick for Chloe’s funeral

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

A mother's pain: Chloe's mother Shirley  is comforted by her brother Matthew and other family members, as her remains are removed to Mount St Oliver
KILEELY teenager Chloe Kinsella will be remembered as a having “a perfect smile” and “beautiful bright blue eyes”.

KILEELY teenager Chloe Kinsella will be remembered as a having “a perfect smile” and “beautiful bright blue eyes”.

Mourners at her Funeral Mass at St Munchin’s Church in Clancy Strand heard a heartfelt tribute to the tragic 15-year-old from her elder sister Marguerite.

The body of the 15-year-old, who disappeared from her home in Kileely last weekend, was recovered from the River Shannon on Friday, after a huge search involving hundreds of people.

Chloe’s tragic death has prompted a massive outpouring of grief from people of all ages across Limerick.

Leading the tributes, Marguerite recalled Chloe’s delight when she told her she had bought tickets to a One Direction gig.

“That beautiful smile: you were delighted,” she said.

“I will always remember you in your room doing yourself up until you looked like a model. I will always remember you when you came back home after being out with your friends, getting your tea and chocolate biscuit, and telling us the news you found out when you were out,” her sister added.

Her final hours with Chloe before her disappearance last week will be ones she will “treasure forever”, Marguerite added.

“I know we had our ups and downs, but no matter what, I loved the bones of you, and I always wanted what was best for you, because you deserved it. I am going to miss you waking me up in the morning with your loud music, because it was your life,” a tearful Marguerite added.

It is not the first time tragedy has visited the Kinsella family: in 2004, the youngest child, Sophie, died from a heart illness, aged just three.

Referring to this, Marguerite said: “Now I know I will always have two angels looking over our family. But it goes without saying you will always be forever in my heart, and I will love you forever.”

John Costelloe, who co-ordinated the search effort for Chloe, said the youngsters can be incredibly proud of their efforts.

“What an example the youth in this area are, not just to Limerick, but to Ireland, and the whole world. No stone was left unturned until we found Chloe. For a full week, every bush, every briar, every hedge, every derelict site, and every housing estate was searched. They never wavered, never complained, and never ever gave up,” he told mourners at the Mass.