Special memorials to take place in honour of tragic student Karen Buckley

The nursing student was murdered last year

The first anniversary of the life of Karen Buckley will be marked by special ceremonies in Cork and Scotland this week.

The popular student nurse, who was murdered after attending a Glasgow nightclub last year, will be remembered at a mass ceremony in Analeentha, Co. Cork. There will also be a special memorial dedicated to Ms Buckley in Glasgow, involving her friends at the Caledonian University in the city. 

Meanwhile, the grieving parents of Karen Buckley will welcome the birth of their first grandson as 'a new joy' while they prepare to remember their daughter's tragic passing. 

A source close to the family told the Irish Sun On Sunday:

"The family are coping as best they can. It will obviously take a long time for them to come to terms with what happened to Karen. Their new grandson was born in February which has brought a new joy into their lives." 

In April 2015, Karen Buckley was reported missing after she became separated from her friends at a nightclub in Glasgow. She was last seen on CCTV footage leaving the premises with a man.

Police later upgraded the status of her case to a high-risk missing person inquiry and her parents flew over from Ireland while the investigation took place.

Her remains were found on April 15 on a farmland north of the city, and primary suspect Alexander Pacteau was later convicted of her murder. He was given a jail sentence of at least 23 years.