Northern Ireland

Marion Graham and Cathy Dinsmore: Funerals take place

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Media captionFamily members mourn at the funeral of stabbing victim Marion Graham, in Newry

The funerals of two County Down women murdered in Turkey last week have taken place.

Marion Graham was buried this morning in Newry, Cathy Dinsmore's funeral took place in Warrenpoint.

They were stabbed near the west coast city of Izmir while they were on holiday.

In his homily, Father John Byrne remembered Ms Graham as a "loving mother and great friend" who was "young and had much more to give in life".

The time of the funerals had been arranged so people could attend both.

Fr Byrne said Ms Graham was a "unique individual".

"By all accounts she was a great person for walking and regularly she would be seen out walking on the Warrenpoint Road stopping to talk to those whom she knew," he said.

"Her humour and personable nature meant she had a wide circle of friends and she could chat to young and old with little difficulty.

"She is remembered too for the time she gave to child minding, helping out neighbours and friends."

'Enormous grief'

Canon John Kearney, who took Ms Dinsmore's funeral mass, said words were inadequate to temper the grief of the families.

"We do not want to believe or accept that a person who was known so well and loved so much is now dead," he said in his homily.

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Media captionFamily members mourn at the funeral of Cathy Dinsmore, in County Down

"In a sense we are paralysed. We are suspended in disbelief.

"Today, there is a huge emptiness in our hearts because Cathy has been taken away from us in this way.

"It is no wonder that we are devastated at this time, our grief is enormous. What are we to do, how are we to cope?"

The women's bodies were flown back to Dublin Airport on Wednesday, before being taken in hearses to Newry and Warrenpoint.

Recep Cetin, the Turkish boyfriend of Ms Graham's daughter, has reportedly confessed to killing both women.

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