Family pay tribute to 'daddy's girl' Cathriona White at funeral in Tipperary
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Family pay tribute to 'daddy's girl' Cathriona White at funeral in Tipperary

THE funeral of Cathriona White was held in her hometown in Co. Tipperary on Saturday, with former boyfriend Jim Carrey helping to carry her coffin.

The Hollywood actor joined family members as White's body was taken from the church of Our Lady of Fatima for burial in Cappawhite cemetery.

Over 300 mourners filled the church to pay tribute to the late beauty therapist, on Saturday, October 10.

Ms White, 30, was found dead in her Los Angeles home on September 28, in what has since been reported as a suicide.

Her mother Brigid, who lives in England, step-mother Bríd, sisters Lisa, Sarah and Larina, brothers Tadhg and Liam, grandmother Lily, grandfather James led the tributes to their beloved Cathriona.

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Music at the Mass was performed by cousins and friends of Ms White, while readings and prayers were also shared by those close to her.

cathriona white1-n Cathriona White (Photo: Instagram)

Parish priest Fr Tadhg Furlong welcomed the congregation at the start of the service, for which they had gathered “all too soon, too early.”

He spoke of how Ms White was baptised into this Christian community in 1985, but that her family, friends and relatives were assembled now in a very different atmosphere to welcome her home.

“We gather in silent, sad, grief-stricken fáilte,” he said.

He reflected on the blessings Ms White had throughout her life, during her school days in Cappawhite; her involvement in the Junior Legion of Mary; games; altar serving; visiting friends; becoming a hair stylist and beautician; living in England and later in California; and her photography and backstage work.

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He said: “Cathriona was a light to so many. Something of the light has gone out. Yet much remains. The light continues to shine. The light of love lives on; the love you had for Cathriona; the love she had for you.”

Ms White’s step-sister Sarah paid an emotional tribute to Ms White, and spoke of the family’s comfort in knowing that she joins her father Pat who passed away three years ago.

“Cathriona was more of a Daddy’s girl that anyone else I’ve ever met and although losing them both in such a short time is unimaginably difficult for us we can take some comfort in the knowledge that Cathriona and Pat are together again,” she said.

A guard of honour was formed after the funeral Mass by Cappawhite Ladies football team.

TIPPERARY, IRELAND - OCTOBER 10:  Jim Carrey attends The Funeral of Cathriona White on October 10, 2015 in Cappawhite, Tipperary, Ireland.  (Photo by Debbie Hickey/Getty Images) TIPPERARY, IRELAND - OCTOBER 10: Jim Carrey attends The Funeral of Cathriona White on October 10, 2015 in Cappawhite, Tipperary, Ireland. (Photo by Debbie Hickey/Getty Images)

The former GAA player trained in beauty and complementary therapies at the Limerick College of Further Education.

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She lived in England before moving to Los Angeles in 2009 where she worked as a stylist and make-up artist in the film industry.

It is here that she met Carrey, and the pair began a relationship several years later.

Following her death, the actor paid tribute to Ms White, who “was a truly kind and delicate Irish flower, too sensitive for this soil, to whom loving and being loved was all that sparkled”.

On the day of her funeral, Carrey posted a photo of himself and Ms White, along with the words, “love cannot be lost.”