Funeral of Limerick woman who drowned takes place

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

THE funeral has taken place of Julie Bourke who drowned earlier this week while swimming near Lahinch.

THE funeral has taken place of Julie Bourke who drowned earlier this week while swimming near Lahinch.

The 35-year-old, who was originally from Kileely, was swept away in strong currents on Monday afternoon despite the best efforts of her uncle to save her.

She was pulled from the water by crew members from the LE Aishling but was pronounced dead after being airlifted to University Hospital, Galway.

Hundreds of people from Kileely and Moyross attended the funeral of Ms Bourke at St Munchin’s Church, Clancy Strand.

In his homily, Fr Tom Seaver, said Julie Bourke had packed a lot in during her relatively short life. “She didn’t just exist, she loved life and a lot of the time she lived it in a carefree manner and if there was a bit of danger there so much the better,” he said.

Julie’s Aunt, Eileen told the congregation that Julie was a “brilliant and wonderful sister and a loving and most caring aunt”.

She said she would be an angel in heaven and that neither Kileely or Moyross would the same without her.

“She lived life to the full and the world is going to be a little bit more empty now that she is not here,” she said.

Following the funeral mass, Julie Bourke was laid to rest at Mount Saint Oliver Cemetery.