Offaly remains in mourning this weekend after the tragic death of Emily Barut, for whom a private funeral service was held on Wednesday.
The body of eleven-year-old Emily - the daughter of the hugely popular Tullamore GP Bernadette Scully and her former partner Haluk Barut, who in the past ran The Anatolia Restaurant on Tullamore's Harbour Street - was found at her home on Bachelors Walk last Saturday night, September 15, at approximately 9pm.
She was pronounced dead after being taken to the Midland Regional Hospital in Tullamore. Dr Scully, who had recently taken time off from her GP practice to care for Emily, was also taken to hospital.
On Wednesday afternoon family members held a private funeral service for Emily, who was severely disabled.
It's understood her funeral was attended by her father Haluk but not her mother, who remains under hospital care.
A post mortem on Emily's body was concluded on Sunday last, with inconclusive results. Gardaí investigating her death are now waiting for results of toxicology reports, which are expected to take up to two weeks. They have also yet to speak to Dr Scully.
Speaking this week a member of the extended Scully family said they are appreciative of local support.
"The family would especially like to thank the people of Tullamore and the surrounding areas for their kind thoughts, wishes and understanding," the family spokesperson said.
"We would appeal to the media to respect our privacy at this time due to the sensitive nature of the situation," he added.