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Ana Hick's mother tells funeral: "She lit up everyone's lives"

The 18-year-old was laid to rest today.

THE MOTHER OF 18-year-old Ana Hick today said her daughter “lit up everyone’s lives”.

Ana, who would have been 19 yesterday, died after an incident at the Twisted Pepper nightclub in Dublin on Saturday night.

She was taken to the nearby Mater Hospital at around 3am early on Saturday morning, but is believed to have passed away at around 5pm on Sunday evening.

Today at her funeral mass in the Church of the Assumption in Dalkey, Elga Hick paid tribute to the daughter she “loved so much”.

She said that Ana was “larger than life” and “lit up [her parents'] lives”.  She added that she and her daughter went so well together they were “like salt and pepper”, and she praised her daughter’s talent.

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Locals in the quiet seaside town lined the streets to pay their respects to the 18-year-old and her parents Elga and Tim.

The white coffin was carried by four pallbearers as family and close friends walked to the Church of the Assumption.

Ana’s mother Elga sang “Part of Your World” from the Disney cartoon The Little Mermaid as the coffin was brought to the church. She had posted a video of the two singing the song in her car on Facebook on Monday.

Hundreds of people packed the church and its courtyard to pay their respects to the aspiring actress, with a lengthy queue to sign a book of condolence forming outside the church door.

Father Patrick Devitt paid tribute to a “loving and caring girl”.

Friends of the 18-year-old gathered on Monday for a memorial at the Irish Film Academy, where she had been studying.

Read: Teenager Ana Hick who died after night out described as ‘beautiful, sweet young woman’

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