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'Cathriona had an amazing capacity to love and be loved'

Mourners at the Tipperary native’s funeral this morning heard of her close bond with her family.

Jim Carrey helps carry the coffin of ex-girlfriend Cathriona White to Our Lady of Fatima Church, in her home village of Cappawhite, Co Tipperary.
Jim Carrey helps carry the coffin of ex-girlfriend Cathriona White to Our Lady of Fatima Church, in her home village of Cappawhite, Co Tipperary.
Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Updated at 3pm

TIPPERARY NATIVE CATHRIONA White was “a light to so many”, mourners at her funeral heard this morning.

The make-up artist (30), who was the ex-girlfriend of Hollywood actor Jim Carrey, was found dead at her home in Los Angeles on 28 September.

Carrey was among hundreds who gathered to pay final respects at today’s funeral mass in Our Lady of Fatima Church in Cappawhite.

Speaking at the service, Cathriona’s stepsister, Sarah, told of the bond the aspiring actress had with her family, saying she had “an amazing capacity to love and to be loved”.

“From growing up in Cappawhite, through to moving to Clonmel and finally settling in LA, love remained a constant in her life from beginning to end,” Sarah said.

Anyone who has ever sat beside Cathriona during a hurling match will know her grá for GAA. She was a very vocal supporter.
Anyone who saw her lurking around LA with a camera trying to capture the poor conditions in which the homeless were forced to live will know not just her love and talent for photography but also the desire that she had for the world to be a better place because she was in it, and it was.
Her family meant so much to her. From following Lisa and James around as a toddler right through to doting on [her younger relatives] and all of the highs and lows in between, family was so important to her.

Capture Cathriona White Source: Twitter

Sarah also recounted Cathriona’s close relationship with her father, who died from cancer in 2012.

Cathriona was more of a daddy’s girl than anyone else I’ve ever met and although losing them both in such a short time is unimaginably difficult for us we can take some comfort in the knowledge that [she] and Pat are together again.

Father Tadhg Furlong told mourners that she was “a light to so many”.

Cathriona’s approach to life was to take on, to challenge the county, the country, the world. You remember the outgoing personality; the strong-willed, determined character.


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Read: Tipperary beautician, Jim Carrey’s ex-girlfriend, found dead

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