Following Natalie’s wishes, a beautiful service was held in St James’ Church, Easky and later she was buried in Churchill Cemetery, Dromore West surrounded by all her friends and family from near and far, who came to be with her on this heart breaking day that never should have been.
Before the service, former students from Colaiste Iascaigh formed a guard of honour as Natalie’s loved ones walked behind her to the church.
During the service, her favourite songs were played, well those that were suitable anyway, Last Request by Paulo Nutini and A Thousand Years by Christina Perri. Natalie’s family brought gifts that she cherished including pyjamas which anyone who knew Natalie would always expect to see her in them, a book and a picture of her little bichon frise Phoebe whom she dearly loved.
Natalie’s father John Joe spoke of her beautiful life and explained how bubbly and confident she was and how she could light up any room. He spoke of the love that Natalie had for her mum Cathy, brother Dean, sister Jodie and her little niece Alexis whom she adored. Natalie always loved children and they loved her too especially those within the community.
After the service, we continued to follow her to the burial service where she wanted to be so she can be with her dad in the future. As she was laid to rest we released balloons with messages for her that we had previously written sharing memories and moments that often only we knew.
It was a day of laughter and tears that Natalie would have loved, she was the centre of attention and all of the people she loved were there to see her.
Natalie will forever be remembered for the beautiful, caring person she was and this is a place for you to be able to write her a message or light a candle, she will be with us forever, watching over us, now we must live on in her memory.
Sweeney Funeral Directors
For Natalie, life began exactly as she would have wanted, she made the national headlines for being born on new years day of 1992! Anyone who knew Natalie probably found this out within the first 5 minutes of meeting her, it was something she was forever proud of, she was famous after all!
Natalie spent the first part of her life in her Mum’s hometown Limerick, where she had great ambitions to be a jockey, this led to her being the proud owner of ‘Costello’ otherwise know as ‘Cost-a-lot’ to Cathy and John Joe. As all children do, she changed her mind and decided she wanted to join the Garda... This was short-lived too as her grandfather told her she was too short for that career.
Natalie and her family then moved to Sligo where she continued school and became a big part of the community. As the years evolved it was clear to all who knew her that Natalie’s passion was for children, they were her world, she would choose babysitting over a night out any day, too most teenagers this is unheard off.
Every child in the community knew Natalie and loved her, and are left heartbroken without her. Most recently she was working with a dyslexic child helping him with his homework and working along side him with patience only a saint could have. In the next few weeks, Natalie was due to start working in the Family Resource Centre where she would be working with children with special needs.
Natalie also loved to dress up and go out and enjoy herself with all her friends and family. Her all time favourite drink is Jack Daniels! When we were younger we did love our fat frogs, shots of tequila rose and mickey finns! Her latest drink which she is well remembered for is when she went on holiday with friends and family from Easky and fell in love with Strawberry Daiquiris - but without the strawberry! Do you get that? Strawberry Daiquiri without the strawberry - well that was Natalie for you, truly unique!
Her favourite time of year would have to be Christmas, double celebrations, Christmas and her birthday, she would always be sneaking round looking for her presents and even if she didn’t find it she would still be guessing the whole time until she finally got it right. Everyone knew even though New Years day was her birthday, you’re going out on New Years Eve and New Years day no matter how hungover you were and she was having two lots of presents, one for christmas and one for her birthday not a combined present, we would never have had it any other way.
Natalie could walk in to any room and have them laughing within seconds, she always had something to talk about and would always be the centre of attention with her amazing laugh and sense of humour bouncing around the room, you could definitely hear her before you see her.
She fell in love with Paolo Nutini, she even attended one of his concerts where he brushed past her and touched her hand, she vowed never to wash that hand again and called her mum Cathy in excitement to tell her this amazing news! She always loved her music, constantly singing along no matters who’s car or house we were in we would start singing our favourite songs!
Natalie loved her bed and was a night owl, she would always be up watching something or reading a book, but when she did get up she was always on the go, heading to see someone or go somewhere. She loved being at home too, you would never expect her to move out, she was constantly texting her mum Cathy to see where she is and when she was coming home, home girl at heart.
Natalie got her beloved dog Phoebe when she got distinctions in all her modules at college, she had always wanted a dog and this is how she finally got her.
Natalie had a great motto which I think we could all learn from:
‘Live Every Moment,
Laugh Every day
Love beyond words’