Bride-to-be who died on friend's hen do is buried in her gown

A bride-to-be who drowned during a friend's hen party in Ireland has been buried in the dress that she never got to wear.  

Ruth Maguire, 30, who was due to marry her partner in August, was laid to rest this morning.

She is believed to have fallen into Carlingford Lough in County Louth shortly after midnight last Saturday when she became separated from her friends after leaving Taaffe's Bar. 

Ms Maguire's coffin, covered in flowers, was carried by her partner James Griffin and followed by her three children - Tyler, Lydia and Oliver - who were joined by hundreds of tearful mourners at the service held in St Vincent de Paul Church in Ligoniel, north Belfast.

Her coffin was carried by James and her father Malachy. 

The coffin of Carlingford drowning victim Ruth Maguire is carried by her partner James Griffin (left) and father Malachy, as it makes it way to Saint Vincent de Paul church, Ligoniel, Belfast

The coffin of Carlingford drowning victim Ruth Maguire is carried by her partner James Griffin (left) and father Malachy, as it makes it way to Saint Vincent de Paul church, Ligoniel, Belfast

Ms Maguire's coffin was covered in flowers and followed in by her children at the St Vincent de Paul Church in Ligoniel, north Belfast

Ms Maguire's coffin was covered in flowers and followed in by her children at the St Vincent de Paul Church in Ligoniel, north Belfast

Ruth Maguire, 30, with her sister Rachel Wilkinson (left) and friend Michelle McCabe (right). It is not known when the photo was taken

Ruth Maguire, 30, with her sister Rachel Wilkinson (left) and friend Michelle McCabe (right). It is not known when the photo was taken 

The family of Carlingford drowning victim Ruth Maguire follow her coffin as it is carried from Saint Vincent de Paul church after a poignant service

The family of Carlingford drowning victim Ruth Maguire follow her coffin as it is carried from Saint Vincent de Paul church after a poignant service

Friends have described her death as a tragic accident, while her partner paid tribute to her. 

A number of bouquets of flowers were carried by members of the RNLI, while a bouquet that spelt out 'Friend' was driven in the hearse.

A guard of honour made up of children and adults from Ms Maguire's local GAA club, Bryansford GAC in Newcastle, County Down, Northern Ireland where she volunteered as a coach, stood outside the church.

During the service, mourners heard how Ms Maguire, who is originally from Belfast, worked in Daisy Hill hospital in Newry.

Despite being the baby of the family, she was 'the boss' who looked out for her sisters and brothers.

The priest told mourners Ms Maguire dedicated her life to others, through her job as a carer, coaching sport and Irish dancing.

Hundreds of tearful mourners joined the family of the mother-of-three to put her to rest and pay tribute to her following her untimely death

 Hundreds of tearful mourners joined the family of the mother-of-three to put her to rest and pay tribute to her following her untimely death

At the service, the priest told mourners Ms Maguire dedicated her life to others, through her job as a carer, coaching sport and Irish dancing

At the service, the priest told mourners Ms Maguire dedicated her life to others, through her job as a carer, coaching sport and Irish dancing

RNLI members arrive for the funeral service for Carlingford drowning victim Ruth Maguire, the RNLI found the mother's body on Monday

RNLI members arrive for the funeral service for Carlingford drowning victim Ruth Maguire, the RNLI found the mother's body on Monday

He said: 'Ruth was slow to take offence and quick to forgive, she realised that life is too short.

'Family was at the heart of Ruth's life, and Ruth and Jim were due to receive the sacrament of marriage this year, my prayer is that the grace you were due to receive that day, will come to you today Jim and sustain you in the future.'

'May she meet you Jim in God's kingdom, dressed in dazzling white,' the

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