Caitriona Lucas's son pays touching tribute during her funeral mass

The 41-year-old was the first serving member of the Coast Guard to lose her life on duty

Caitriona Lucas's son pays touching tribute during her funeral mass

The coffin of Coast Guard volunteer Caitriona Lucas is carried after funeral mass at St Brigid Church, Liscannor, in Co Clare | Image: RollingNews.ie

Tributes have been paid to the heroic acts of Caitriona Lucas, who has been laid to rest in Clare.

The 41-year-old Coast Guard volunteer died during a search and recovery operation off the Kilkee coast on Monday, when the boat she was in capsized.

The mother-of-two was the first serving member of the Irish Coast Guard to lose her life while on duty.

Hundreds of people packed into the church at Liscannor for her funeral mass this morning.

Flags also flew at half mast on public buildings across the country, as a mark of respect.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny led tributes this week, describing the work of Coast Guard volunteers as heroic and selfless.

President Michael D Higgins has also written to her family to express his condolences.

Parish priest Denis Crosby said Caitriona was a great spirit.

"The flags fly at half mast on all the official buildings today in the country.

"And why not? [It is] to salute a great spirit, a spirit of service, and a gracious, wonderful woman."

While Caitriona's son Ben also paid tribute to his mother.