A memorial mass was held in St Peter's Church in Drogheda this evening for Jill Meagher, the Irish woman who was killed in Melbourne last month.

Mrs Meagher, 29, from Co Louth was murdered after a night out in Brunswick nearly two weeks ago.

A 41-year-old man has been charged with her murder and rape.

Earlier today, a private funeral service was held in Australia.

The service took place in Melbourne's Fawkner Memorial Park and was attended by her husband, Tom, other family members and close friends.

White ribbon wristbands were given out to mourners to signify the fight to prevent violence against women.

29 white doves - signifying Mrs Meagher's age - were released at the end of the service.

Her father, George McKeon, told mourners that each night his thoughts were crowded with memories of his daughter, and he found himself missing her more.

The park had been closed to the public to prevent large crowds from gathering.

Mrs Meagher's family said they could not begin to convey their feelings of grief, sadness and sorrow at her death.

They thanked the public for its support but asked for privacy to allow the family grieve.