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Jonathan Rhys Meyers (30) bowed his head and asked the Requiem Mass congregation of St Joseph’s Church in Glanmire, Cork, to stand up and give his late mother a round of applause for her life.
The actor’s eyes brimmed with tears as friends, neighbours and fellow actors like Colin Farrell and Maria Doyle-Kennedy joined in a thunderous two-minute round of applause for the mother of five.
Geri Meyers died last Tuesday at the age of 50, following a sudden illness.
In a moving tribute, Jonathan echoed the words of Glanmire Parish Priest Noel O’Sullivan, who described Geri Meyers as “a small woman with a big heart”.
“She was the best mother any son could have,” the Golden Globe-winning actor said.
“My mother was a happy woman, a humorous woman — very intelligent, very polite, very sweet.
“She worked in Guy’s Printing in Cork through which she met my father John O’Keeffe. They married and remained close and in touch for the rest of their lives.
“The pride she felt at the birth of her grandson, Dylan, was insurmountable. He was the biggest joy in her existence.
“The finding of her life partner, John O’Neill, meant the world to my mother. They meant the world to each other and they always will.
“Usually at this time you have a moment of silence — my brothers and I discussed this yesterday and my mother didn’t really like silence.
“So I would like you all to stand and if you wouldn’t mind please give her a round of applause for her life,” he said.
Earlier, Fr O’Sullivan spoke of how the dedicated mother had contributed so much to her family and community.
He said: “She enriched so many lives, her family, her friends. I have been particularly struck by the loyalty of her friends.
“She could be described as a loving, caring, thoughtful and generous person. As one friend said, she was a small woman with a big heart.
“Her pride and joy were her family and, in recent years, her grandson, Dylan,” he added.
“She was a woman who cared for people — and she had a great sense of humour. She was also a woman of keen intelligence who could hold her own with the best of them.
“With the stage of life it is not over when we exit — it is not over when the curtain comes down on our human life,” Fr O’Sullivan said.
“We continue, as the Shakespeare line goes from one of his sonnets, we are all imperfect actors on the stage. Those who have gone before us into the Kingdom know our needs. May she look after you now.”
The mourners were led yesterday by Jonathan and his girlfriend Reena Hammer; his brothers, Alan, Paul and Jamie as well as his sister, Maria; his mother’s partner, John O’Neill; his father, John O’Keeffe, and extended family. The congregation included actors Colin Farrell, who attended with his sister, Claudine; Jonathan’s ‘Tudors’ co-star, Maria Doyle-Kennedy; ‘Fr Ted’ actress Pauline McLynn; director Neil Jordan and designer Lainey Keogh. Wreaths were also sent by the entire production team of ‘The Tudors’ as well as entertainment magazine, ‘Hot Press’.
After Requiem Mass at St Joseph’s, Geri Meyers was laid to rest at St Catherine’s Cemetery, Kilcully.
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