Bray People - - Deaths - Paula BURNS

AS THE frost glis­tened in the win­ter sun­light, friends and fam­ily of the late model Katy French joined to­gether, one year on, to mark her tragic death.

There were no plasma screens out­side the church show­ing the ser­vice, there was no me­dia frenzy to get the best pic­ture, fi­nally the cir­cus had left town and Katy’s fam­ily were given the chance to grieve with dig­nity.

St. Pa­trick’s Church in Pow­er­scourt, En­niskerry was filled with close friends and fam­ily of Katy’s mom, Janet, her dad John and her sis­ter Jill.

Canon Ricky Roun­tree, who also lead Katy’s fu­neral ser­vice last year, cel­e­brated the beau­ti­ful and per­sonal an­niver­sary ser­vice.

The French fam­ily took this op­por­tu­nity to make the ser­vice a per­sonal and fit­ting trib­ute to Katy.

Each paid their own trib­ute and each read and sang alomng with songs for Katy.

Hymns were sung by the Ballinteer Male Voice Choir and in­cluded ‘On Ea­gle’s Wings’ and ‘To Where You Are.’

‘It was nice for the fam­ily to have the op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate Katy’s life at the level they wanted to. They can now move on with the griev­ing process which has been put on hold and hope­fully things will quiten down for them,’ said Canon Roun­tree af­ter the ser­vice.

It would not have been the cel­e­bra­tion of a young model’s life without a large num­ber of celebri­ties and fa­mous faces in the crowd.

Among the con­gre­ga­tion were fel­low mod­els Sarah Ka­vanagh and Michelle McGrath, singers Mickey Joe Harte and Chris de Burgh, John O’Shea from Goal, so­lic­i­tor Ger­ald Keane, and Michael Healy-Rae who was a fel­low con­tes­tant of Katy’s on the RTE show, ‘Celebri­ties go Wild.’

Af­ter the ser­vice fam­ily and close friends made their way to the nearby Ritz Carl­ton Ho­tel for lunch.

Here the tributes con­tin­ued to Katy’s mem­ory with Chris de Burgh giv­ing a very mov­ing trib­ute and John O’Shea also spoke of the great work Katy did with him in In­dia.

The lunch ended with a small preview to a web-site be­ing set up in Katy’s mem­ory.

The very mov­ing video piece showed snip­pets of Katy’s story and life.

It was a very mov­ing way for the fam­ily to share their mem­o­ries of Katy.

MAIN - Katy’s sis­ter, Jill, is com­forted at the an­niver­sary ser­vice at St. Pa­trick’s Church in Pow­er­scourt. BOT­TOM (from left) - Chris de Burgh, Ger­ald Keane and Michael Healy-Rae at­tend the ser­vice.

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