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Mother of actor Hinds led full life mourners told

CIARAN Hinds helped carry his moth-er's coffin yesterday as family and friends turned out in windswept Co Antrim to bid farewell to Moya, a beloved teacher and voluntary worker.

The mother of the actor, who plays wildling leader Mance Rayder in popular TV show Game of Thrones, died on Friday aged 94.

Young members of the Catholic Guides, which she helped found in Northern Ireland, formed a guard of honour at St Mary's Church, Cushendall for her final journey.

Mrs Hinds, pictured, herself an early member of the Lyric Theatre and a keen amateur actress, had ties to north Belfast, where she was born into the well-known Gibson family, to Co Down -attending St Louis Convent School in Kilkeel - and to the Glens of Antrim, holidaying there as a girl and later with her own family.

It was Cushendall that the mother-of-five finally made her home and where she was laid to rest yesterday in the church's adjoining cemetery.

Mourners were reminded of her full life, which included, in addition to teaching all over Northern Ireland, from Ligoniel to Pomeroy, Co Tyrone to work on behalf of the Catholic Marriage Guidance Council and service on the Board of Prison Visitors at Maghaberry.

Even into her seventies, Mrs Hinds took part in the annual Guide Mass and camp.

Fr Luke McWilliams told how "everyone knew Moya as an elegantly dressed woman, who was forthright and feisty", an inspiration to others and devoted wife of the late Gerry, a GP on Springfield Road in west Belfast.

Her death came three days after that in Black-pool of Ruth Carson, wife of comedian Frank.

She will be buried alongside her husband at Milltown Cemetery on Saturday following Requiem Mass at St Patrick's Church, Donegall Street, where the pair married 65 years ago.

Her death comes three years after Carson's, who died aged 85 in March 2012.

The grandmother-of-10 was a year younger than the Belfast-born funny-man.

Her family said "a page in the book of memories is gently turned" and asked for donations in lieu of flowers for the Carson Bursaries, the Ruth McAuley Memorial Fund, Children's Hospice, O'Neill Road, Belfast, c/o O'Kanes Funeral Directors, Donegall Street.

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