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Funeral of west Belfast teacher who died following accident at home

Mother-of-one Fionnuala Kennedy died following an accident at her home last weekend

MOURNERS gathered in west Belfast yesterday for the funeral of a mother-of-one who died following an accident at home.

Fionnuala Kennedy (28), who lived in Lisburn but was originally from west Belfast, died in hospital on Monday surrounded by her family, including partner Ciaran Hughes.

Ms Kennedy was a P2 teacher at St Oliver Plunkett Primary School on the Glen Road and the mother of a young son.

Following her death, Paddy McCabe, principal of St Oliver Plunkett PS, described Ms Kennedy as a "caring and considerate young woman" whose commitment to her children, her parents and the whole school family will live long in the memory but not as long as her smile and infectious laugh".

He added: "As a school community words cannot begin to express our sense of loss, our anguish and confusion, as this was a life taken too soon, a life so full of vitality, of love, a caring and considerate young woman.”

In the aftermath of the tragedy, the school opened a book of condolence for the young teacher, which Mr McCabe said will be passed to her family.

Mourners yesterday gathered for Requiem Mass for Ms Kennedy at St Teresa's Church on the Glen Road in west Belfast.

The young mother was laid to rest afterwards in Blaris Cemetery in Lisburn.

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