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Family of Valerie French-Kilroy ‘heartbroken’ after her violent death


TRAGEDY SCENE The house in Kilbree, Westport, were mother-of-three Valerie French Kilroy was discovered. Pic: Conor McKeown

Funeral service on Thursday for 41-year-old woman murdered at her Westport home

Michael Duffy

THE family of Valerie French Kilroy, the Cork native who was found murdered in her home near Westport last Friday, have issued a statement in the aftermath of the awful tragedy that has afflicted them.
The Frenches – mother Valerie, brother David and sisters Suzette, Hilary and Veronica – issued the statement through the Dean of Ross, the Very Reverend Christopher Peters, and their Bishop, Dr Paul Colton:
The statement reads: “As a family we have been in great shock since we received the news of our dear Valerie’s death at her home in Mayo. Our family has been gathering from different parts of Ireland and from around the world. We are heartbroken and it is all too much, at this early stage, for us to take in.
“Valerie was a much loved daughter, sister, niece, cousin, friend and colleague to many.  She was a loving wife to James, and adored her three children. Valerie was an immensely caring and loving person - this was her calling at work and at home throughout her life.
“We are hugely grateful for the outpouring of sorrow following Valerie’s death, and also for the goodwill and practical support so many people are showing to us.
“Our immediate concern now is Valerie’s funeral and burial at home here later this week in West Cork which she adored. As we do this we hope and pray that the privacy and tragedy of our grief will be respected. Again we thank everyone for their kindness to us.”
Valerie’s funeral service will take place in St Fachtna’s Church of Ireland Cathedral, Rosscarbery, Cork, at 2.30pm on Thursday with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.
Reverend Val Rogers of Westport has stated that a service planned for Holy Trinity Church in Westport on Saturday, June 29, has been deferred to a later date to allow Bishop Patrick Rooke, the Bishop of this diocese, to attend.
“We are having the service to remember Valerie and to pray for the French and Kilroy families,” said Reverend Rogers.
Forty-six year old James Kilroy has been charged with the murder of his wife and is due to appear in Harristown Court at Castlerea Prison on Friday, the day after his wife will be buried in Cork.