Funeral for student Karen Buckley has been held in Ireland

Flowers left as a tribute to Karen at  High Craigton Farm near Bearsden and Milngavie

Flowers left as a tribute to Karen at High Craigton Farm near Bearsden and Milngavie

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The funeral for Irish student Karen Buckley, who was murdered in Glasgow earlier this month, has taken place in County Cork.

Ms Buckley (24), a nurse, was studying occupational therapy in Glasgow when she went missing after a night out with friends at the Sanctuary nightclub in the west end of Glasgow on April 11.

Karen Buckley

Karen Buckley

Four days later her body was found at High Craigton farm, near Milngavie and Bearsden on the A809 road to Drymen.

Alexander Pacteau (21) from Glasgow, has appeared in court charged with her murder.

Her funeral Mass was held at the Church of St Michael the Archangel in Analeentha on Tuesday (April 28) with the burial at St John’s Cemetery in Burnfoot.

Commandant Kieran Carey represented the Irish prime minister.

Irish minister Darragh Murphy and the lord mayor of Cork Mary Shields were also present.

The guests at the church heard parish priest the Reverend Joe O’Keefe say that she was “too young to die” and her death seemed “utterly inappropriate”.

He added: “Twenty-four years simply does not seem the right time to die - it does not seem to add up.”

Ms Buckley moved to Glasgow in February to study at Glasgow Caledonian University. She lived in the city’s Garnethill area.

She was an only daughter. Her parents and brothers brought her body back to her native Cork on a specially commissioned flight from Glasgow at the weekend.