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Tragic death Limerick priest flies to Barbados for funeral of JP McManus' daughter-in-law Emma

Emma, 40, was married to John McManus and they have three young children, Milly, Lauren and Annie.

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Emma McManus pictured at The Unibet Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown Races in 2018.

Emma McManus pictured at The Unibet Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown Races in 2018.

Emma McManus pictured at The Unibet Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown Races in 2018.

A Limerick parish priest will be officiating at the funeral mass of the JP McManus' daughter-in-law, Emma McManus, in Barbados next week. 

Fr Chris O'Donnell flew out to be with the grieving relatives after Emma passed away after taking ill while on holiday with their extended family.

Emma, 40, was married to John McManus and they have three young children, Milly, Lauren and Annie.

The daughter of former Irish tennis star Peter Ledbetter, died at a medical centre on the Caribbean island on Wednesday, December 30.

She had been staying in a private villa on the grounds of the luxury Sandy Lane resort, which is partly-owned by JP McManus, and reportedly awoke in the early hours of the morning and complained of feeling unwell.

Her funeral had been scheduled to take place in Barbados at 9am EST on Friday, January 8 but it is understood that it has now been delayed until early next week.

However, it will still be broadcast on the internet to allow people the chance to pay their respects.

Fr David Casey, parish priest for Martinstown/Bulgaden and Kilmallock, said: “The family are so well thought of. Their presence in the community is strong – they are good to the community. Everyone in the community is praying for them.”

His tribute joins hundreds of others that have been pouring in for the McManus and Ledbetter families from across the world.

Among others who have left kind words and tributes on RIP.ie are a number of the All-Ireland winning Limerick hurlers, neighbours of the McManus family in Martinstown, and hurling and horse racing fans from all over the country and beyond.

"So sorry for your loss of your beautiful Emma, wife, mother, may she rest in peace", one person offered.

Others said: "We wish to offer our deepest sympathy to the McManus and Ledbetter families on the death of dear Emma. We ask God and Our Lady to care for you all at this sad time. We remember your goodness and kindness to so many communities in schools, charities, sports and other organisations."

"My sincere condolences to the McManus and Ledbetter families on the passing of Emma, RIP’, one other person added.

"Peter and Paula and the Mcmanus family, my condolences on the loss of your beautiful daughter Emma. Our thoughts are with you at this very sad time. RIP," added another.

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