THE mother of two girls who took their own lives in the wake of alleged online bullying says they would have "doted" on her baby son.
Lorraine Gallagher – the mother of Erin and Shannon, who both took their own lives last year – also said she was heartbroken they were not alive to see Jason Quigley fight for world boxing gold.
Erin Gallagher (13) took her own life a year ago today. Her sister Shannon (15) died six weeks later.
Both were huge boxing fans and yesterday Quigley, from the same town of Ballybofey, Donegal, won his semi-final bout to set up today's gold medal fight.
Their mother said she did not know how she would have got through her ordeal but for the birth of her son Lennon and her other son Sean James (6). "There were times when I just thought I would never get through it without Erin and Shannon," she said.
"They were my life and to lose them so suddenly will always leave a huge hole in my heart. But I knew that I had to stay strong for my son, Sean James.
"And when Lennon came along, it was as if I had been given even more reason to stay and help make as best a life as I could for the two boys.
"The girls doted on Sean James and they would have been exactly the same with Lennon. I know this is what they would have wanted."
Lorraine, partner Phelim and her two sons will attend a special anniversary Mass for Erin tomorrow.
In November they will repeat the occasion when they recall the life of Shannon (15).
"We will recall Erin's life on Sunday and remember all the good times we had with her, and of course Shannon, but it will be Erin's day.
"We will do the same again in November when it will be Shannon's day," said Lorraine.
"They would have been in the Finn Valley Centre (today) watching Jason Quigley fight for gold for Ireland. I have no doubt about it.
"Both of them boxed, and Katie Taylor was their hero," she added.