Funeral of murdered vet Catherine Gowing to take place in Offaly

Thursday 03 January 2013 15.38
Catherine Gowing was murdered in Wales last October
Catherine Gowing was murdered in Wales last October

The remains of Offaly vet Catherine Gowing have been returned to Ireland for her funeral.

The 37-year-old, who was originally from Clonlee, near Birr, was murdered in Wales last October.

Ms Gowing was last seen alive on 12 October at a supermarket near her home in New Brighton, Flintshire, north Wales.

Some of her remains were later found at two sites in Wales - in a shallow pond in Sealand and on the banks of the River Dee near Chester.

Police have said that the search for remains is continuing.

A spokesperson told RTÉ News that the search is not a daily active event, but takes place based on information provided by the general public from week-to-week.

Clive Sharp, 46, from Gwynedd, north Wales, has been charged with her murder.

Ms Gowing's remains were brought for removal at St Flannan's Church in Kinnitty shortly before 9pm. Her funeral mass will take place at midday tomorrow.

Among the large gathering at the removal were Ms Gowing's parents, John and Maureen, her sister Emma and brother-in-law Shay Maguire.

A number of her work colleagues from Wales were also in attendance.

Fr Michael O'Meara described Ms Gowing as a beautiful, caring and talented young lady who was loved by the entire community.

He thanked North Wales Police for their professionalism and "great police work".