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Funeral to take place of mother-of-three Ruth Maguire who will be laid to rest in wedding dress after death in Carlingford

Ruth Maguire, left, with her fiancé James Griffin and children Tyler (10), Lydia (7) and Oliver (5), and right, with her sister Rachel Wilkinson

MOURNERS will gather this morning for the funeral of mother-of-three Ruth Maguire, who will be buried in her wedding dress - a week after she died following a rare night out with friends.

Requiem Mass will held at 9am in St Vincent de Paul Church in Ligoniel, north Belfast, with burial afterwards at Carnmoney Cemetery at 11am.

The 30-year-old health assistant, who was originally from north Belfast, lived in Newcastle, Co Down, with her partner James Griffin and children Tyler, Lydia and Oliver.

She went missing during a hen night in Carlingford, Co Louth, last Saturday and following an extensive search operation, her body was recovered from the lough by divers on Monday afternoon.

Ms Maguire, who worked at Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry, is thought to have gone the wrong way after leaving a bar in Carlingford and lost her bearings.

A JustGiving fundraising campaign campaign has been set up to help her family by friend Leighann Flood.

She wrote on social media: "Ruth was the most loving, hardworking and caring mother to her three beautiful children Tyler, Lydia and Oliver.

"Along with her fiancé Jim, they worked tirelessly to give their children the best that they possibly could in life.

"From gymnastics, Irish dancing, football and local GAA, Ruth made it her life to make sure the children attended as much as possible so that they would get the most out of their childhood.

"We have set this page up to give the children (and Jim) as much help as possible so that they may continue on with all their extra curricular activities during this heartbreaking time in their young lives."

Nearly £1,500 has already been pledged at https://goo.gl/mLBfQB

Ms Maguire, an underage coach at Bryansford GAC in Newcastle, had been due to marry her longtime partner on August 8.

Two former members of the club will also be laid to rest today after they were killed in a car crash near Carlingford.

Friends, Shane McAnallen from Castlewellan and Martin Patterson from Bryansford, who were both in their twenties, were pronounced dead at the scene on the R173 Newry Road in the Cooley Peninsula shortly after 12.30am on Monday.

It is understood that gardaí had attempted to stop their car before to the collision.

Mr McAnallen's funeral will be held at 9.30am at St Malachy's Church in Castlewellan, followed by a burial in St Patrick's Cemetery, Bryansford.

Mr Patterson's funeral will be held at noon at St Patrick's Church followed by a burial in the adjoining cemetery.

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