Funeral for Nora Quoirin held in Belfast

The funeral was held at St Brigid's Church, Belfast

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

A funeral has been held for 15-year-old Nora Quoirin, who was found dead after going missing on a family holiday to Malaysia last month.

The teenager's body was cremated on Tuesday in Belfast and her funeral took place at the church where she was baptised.

Nora was severely disabled, having been born with the brain defect holoprosencephaly, and was found dead after a 10-day search around the jungle resort of Dusun, south of Kuala Lumpur.

A 200-strong search team had been involved, playing megaphone-amplified recordings of Nora Quoirin's close family members in an effort to find her.

Parish priest Father Edward O’Donnell delivered the service and said Nora brought "so much joy” to her family.

“She, as we all know, depended greatly on others but, Nora in turn gifted others with immeasurable love and joy; before such an ability we can only feel gratitude,” he said.

“Today we return to St Brigid's united in the unspeakable pain of Nora's tragic death, united too in wordless sympathy for Nora's family.”

He concluded: “Remember Nora's love for you, and know that she still loves you, and as you continue to love her, love one another.”

When Nora disappeared from her hotel room her parents raised fears she had been abducted, as they could not believe she would have wandered off by herself.

However Malaysian police said they have so far found no evidence of abduction or kidnapping.

A post-mortem examination revealed Nora died from internal bleeding, possibly caused by hunger and stress.

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