Hundreds attend Co Offaly funeral for murdered vet Catherine Gowing

Friday 04 January 2013 11.41
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Catherine Gowing disappeared in north Wales in October
Catherine Gowing disappeared in north Wales in October
Officers from the North Wales Police department attended the funeral
Officers from the North Wales Police department attended the funeral

Over 300 people have attended the funeral of Offaly woman Catherine Gowing, who went missing in Wales last October.

Ms Gowing's parents John and Maureen were joined at St Flannan's Church in Kinnitty by Bishop of Killaloe Kieran O'Reilly and former bishop Willie Walsh.

Staff from the Mold veterinary practice where the 37-year-old worked and officers from North Wales Police also attended.

Her sister Emma told mourners that the family's hearts were broken. They missed and loved her but she said Catherine was in a better place.

"She never said goodbye, she never liked goodbyes - there is no goodbye - there is only love," Emma said in a eulogy.

Clive Sharp, 46, from Gwynedd, has been charged with her murder and is due in court again this month.

Ms Gowing's remains were located at two sites during a search by police after she disappeared close to where she worked.

A spokesperson for North Wales Police has confirmed that a search for Ms Gowing's remains ongoing.