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Funeral for Nóra Quoirin to be held in same Belfast church where she was baptised

The funeral for teenager Nóra Quoirin will take place on Tuesday

THE funeral for teenager Nóra Quoirin who died in Malaysia will be held in south Belfast in the same church where she was baptised.

Family and friends will gather at St Brigid's Church, Derryvolgie Avenue to pay their last respects to the 15-year-old, whose mother Meabh is originally from the city.

Nóra, who was born with the brain defect holoprosencephaly, went missing while on holiday with her family at the Dusun resort in Malaysia on August 4.

Her disappearance sparked a major search operation involving hundreds of people, but tragically her body was found near a waterfall less than two miles from the resort on August 13.

A post-mortem revealed Nóra died from internal bleeding, probably caused by hunger and stress.

Nóra lived in London and was the daughter of French-Irish parents Sebastien and Meabh Quoirin, who described her as "the truest, most precious girl".

Her funeral will take place on Tuesday at 1pm with parish priest, Fr Edward O'Donnell, the principal celebrant. He will be joined by Fr Pat Agnew, Nóra's grand uncle.

She will be buried afterwards at Milltown Cemetery.

In a funeral notice, her family said they "have already been overwhelmed by people's generosity".

"If anyone would like to make further donations, they can give to the Lucie Blackman Trust to help fund the launch of their services for other Irish families in similar circumstances, in Nóra's memory," they added.

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