Funeral of woman strangled in Dublin


About 200 mourners congregated at St Patrick's Church in Ringsend, Dublin, on Saturday morning for the funeral of Amanda Jenkins.

Amanda (27) was found strangled in the Anna Livia apartments on Dublin's James's Street on October 9th. A man was subsequently charged with her murder.

Family members, friends and neighbours gathered at the church to pay their respects to Amanda and to offer their condolences to the Jenkins family.

Fr Feargal MacDonagh offered consolation to the Jenkins family.

He said: "Although this is the end of Amanda's physical presence, love transcends death and she will always be near to us."

Amanda's uncles, Tony and Francis Jenkins, delivered readings during the funeral Mass and six of Amanda's cousins offered prayers of the faithful.

Fr MacDonagh offered a moving eulogy, which concluded with him saying "no words are strong enough to take away the pain of losing a loved one".

"Amanda is an old Greek name, which means she who is deserving of love and compassion, in this case the name says it all, as we are here today to mourn someone deserving of love and compassion, which was not present when Amanda died two weeks ago."

The Jenkins family faced a wait of almost two weeks before Amanda's body was returned to them. Fr MacDonagh touched on how this delay would have extended the family's grief.

"Generally there are three days of pain between a death and a burial. However, there has not just been three days of pain for Amanda's family; there has been two weeks of pain."

Fr MacDonagh told the family to "trust that God has been and will be with you to hold your hand and bring you peace in the coming weeks and months."

He also commended the Garda Síochána for how the investigation into Amanda's death was handled and for the assistance offered to the Jenkins family.

Floral bouquets reading "daughter" and "niece" adorned the funeral hearse which carried Amanda's coffin from St Patrick's Church to Palmerstown Cemetery, where she was buried.

"Mandy is now with the God who always loved her. Mandy will not be in Palmerstown, she will be in our hearts forever," Fr MacDonagh said.