One year on... TEARS SHED FOR KATHY FRENCH AT HER GRAVESIDE IN ENNISKERRY
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.