Florence Was Exceptional as a Sister, a Daughter, a Mother and a Loving Wife; NOONAN FAMILY TRIBUTE

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Byline: DAVID RALEIGH

FLORENCE Noonan was yesterday remembered as a woman who "made the world a safe place".

The wife of Finance Minister Michael had a huge sense of fairness and justice, her eldest son Tim told mourners in a touching tribute.

Mrs Noonan, 68, known as "Flor", died on Thursday night at Milford Hospice in Limerick, after losing a 14-year battle with Alzheimer's.

More than 1,000 people attended both the removal on Saturday night and yesterday's funeral mass, including all members of the Cabinet.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the President's Aide de Comp, Cpt Louise Conlon, sat at the front of the church flanking Mr Noonan, his three sons, Tim, John and Michael Jnr and two daughters, Deirdre and Orla.

Other senior members of the Government, including Health Minister James Reilly, Justice Minster Alan Shatter, sat alongside the Taoiseach in front of an array of current and former wellknown faces. Tim Noonan told the congregation in St Paul's Church, Limerick, of his former teacher mum: "She was intelligent, fun, clever and elegant.

"She always stood out as a woman of exception.

"Our mother, our sister, our aunt, our grandmother, our friend, our teacher.

"Each of us in our own unique way experienced the beautiful woman she was. …