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Monday 24 October 2016

‘A beautiful life cut short’ – School remembers 'wonderful' Katie (16) killed in crash

Ciaran Murphy

Published 07/10/2016 | 18:28

Katie Murphy and pal Claire Lombard
Katie Murphy and pal Claire Lombard

The schoolmates of tragic Katie Murphy (16) who was killed in a car crash on Wednesday heard that a “beautiful life was cut short”.

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The principal of St Angela’s in Waterford, Edel Connolly, yesterday told her school friends that Katie (16) was a “wonderful young woman”.

“We acknowledge the thousands of young women who have passed through the gates full of hope an confidence. Full of an ability to face the World.

“And though today is about all of that, it is also about a wonderful young woman, our own Katie Murphy.  Our Fifth Year, who God has seen fit to take to his side.

Katie Murphy
Katie Murphy

“And today, in the marking of our 200 years of achievement, we are also marking a beautiful life cut short.”

Katie Murphy (16) was killed in a single vehicle crash on Wednesday evening near the entrance to the Carrigeenlea estate on the Cliff Road in Tramore.

The male driver of the car (17) escaped with minor injuries, while two others, a boy and a girl also aged 17, were seriously injured when the car collided side-on with a wall.

Katie, of Castlewoods estate at Ballinamona between Waterford city and Tramore, will be laid to rest tomorrow.

Katie Murphy (16) was killed in a car crash last night
Katie Murphy (16) was killed in a car crash last night

Bishop of Waterford Alphonsus “Phonsie” Cullinan sympathised with the hundreds – including students, parents and teaching staff – at the Sacred Heart Church in the Folly yesterday.

He added: “We gather in sadness because we pray for Katie.

“So it’s an opportunity for all of us to pray for her.  I’m offering this Mass for all of you, conscious that the Lord is with you, that the Lord loves you, that the Lord wants to Bless you.”

Requiem Mass for Katie takes place at the church tomorrow at 2.30pm.  She will be cremated in a private ceremony thereafter.

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