HEARTBROKEN Andrea Corr fought again tears as she carried out at pal Emma McManus’ funeral.
Horse racing magnate JP McManus’ daughter-in-law died suddenly in Barbados over Christmas aged just 40.
Devastated Andrea carried out two songs for her good friend throughout an emotional memorial service on the Caribbean island.
Mum-of-three Emma had out of the blue complained of feeling unwell throughout post-Xmas festivities on the household’s non-public residence, close to the Sandy Lane resort and golf resort co-owned by JP, on December 30.
Grieving husband John McManus informed mourners: “Life has modified irreparably for us all.”
He added: “No phrases can describe the ache and sense of loss that I really feel since my stunning Ems handed away.
“She was the very centre of our household and the one who the youngsters and I turned to for every part.”
‘MUMMY LOVED YOU’
And casting his gaze in direction of their beloved three youngsters — Milly, Lauren and Annie — John informed them: “Mummy beloved you to infinity and past. You had been the primary and final thing she considered on a regular basis.
“She was so happy with you all and beloved the hugs and laughters that we usually shared.
“Though we can not see her anymore, she’s going to stay on in our hearts. At any time we are able to search for on the solar, the moon, or the twinkling stars and know that mummy is there, trying down on us.
“Lastly, ladies, you generally inform me, I’m the strict one, properly, my promise to the three of you as we speak is that, I’ll be extra like mum any longer.”
In a touching love letter to his spouse — the daughter of former Irish tennis star Peter Ledbetter — John stated he had “fallen in love with probably the most stunning, variety and selfless particular person I’ve ever identified”.
The Limerick native added: “Your smile and sense of enjoyable will stay with, and in me, ceaselessly, and our souls are intertwined for eternity.”
‘UNBEARABLY SAD TIME’
He additionally thanked the small group of household and buddies, who gathered at Coral Ridge Memorial Gardens for the service, which was additionally watched on-line by a number of thousand, for his or her “love and assist throughout this unbearably unhappy time”.
The couple’s three younger youngsters introduced items symbolising their mom’s life to the altar. A photograph of Emma was laid, together with a paddle tennis racket, a Werther’s Unique candy and a cookbook.
Mr McManus — who now lives in London — tightly held and hugged his three daughters all through the emotional service which heard two heartfelt performances of songs by household good friend Andrea, lead singer with The Corrs.
Introducing her efficiency of Billy Joel’s anthem She’s All the time a Girl, Andrea stated: “I sang this tune for Emma at her wedding ceremony ten years in the past, so I’ll sing it once more for her now, as a result of she beloved it.”
‘LOVE AND SUPPORT’
She additionally carried out Wishing You Have been In some way Right here Once more, a love tune by Andrew Lloyd Webber from his musical stage present The Phantom of the Opera.
The McManus household thanked Mr Lloyd Webber, who’s a neighbour of theirs on the island, for all his “love and assist”.
Talking throughout the service, Emma’s brother, Nick Ledbetter informed mourners how his sister “cared most about household”.
Paying tribute, Mr Ledbetter added: “She by no means did something so as to get reward, however at all times deserved it.
“Emma was elegant, loving, graceful, inclusive, intelligent, direct, fair, she had such a great sense of fun and the most radiant glowing smile which always lit up a room.”
Chief celebrant, Br Denis Hooper of Glenstal Abbey in Murroe, Co Limerick, where John was privately schooled, said: “We have all been devastated by the sadness and suddenness of Emma’s passing, there is pain in our hearts, and we seek meaning, and comfort, and peace at this time of darkness.”
And Fr Chris O’Donnell, of Kilmallock Church, said Emma had been “a tremendous source of light” to her family, “and in difficult times like this, we cannot let the darkness win”.