In the week preceding French's death, two Irish students, 21-year-old Kevin Doyle and 23-year-old John Grey, died in apparently similar circumstances. The two men were among 15 who reportedly ended up in a hospital after ingesting cocaine at a party at Grey's house.
Of course, critics point out, the government was not represented at their funerals.
"Ireland hasn't got very many celebrities, so it has to go by on a very meager diet," Irish Independent columnist Kevin Myers explained. "So if you're pretty, you sell papers, and you die of an overdose, that's it, you have all the qualifications."
To Gibbons, Taylor's attendance was an honest mistake. "They came because of the national coverage the funeral was getting," he told ABC News. "Unfortunately, it made her out to be somebody in the Irish society to look up to, when she was only a child."