Monday 26 September 2016

Crowds mourn victims of tragic blaze

Robin Schiller

Published 20/10/2015 | 02:30

Mourners gather to pay their respects to five of the Carrickmines victims at a funeral home in Bray, Co Wicklow. Pictures: Caroline Quinn/Stephen Collins
Mourners gather to pay their respects to five of the Carrickmines victims at a funeral home in Bray, Co Wicklow. Pictures: Caroline Quinn/Stephen Collins
Mourners gather to pay their respects to five of the Carrickmines victims at a funeral home in Bray, Co Wicklow. Pictures: Caroline Quinn/Stephen Collins

As the sky grew dark above the seaside town of Bray, scores of mourners arrived at a funeral home to pay their respects to five of the victims who died in the Carrickmines fire.

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The bodies of Tara Gilbert, her partner Willy Lynch, their children Jodie and Kelsey and Willy's brother Jimmy were brought to Thomas Murphy and Sons funeral home, where a service was held for family and friends.

More than 100 people arrived throughout the day, some bringing flowers, while others comforted grieving family members as they mourned the five deceased.

A short service was held, with those gathered hearing how "we should share faith and hope through this most difficult time," with the priest asking those present to pray for the deceased. "We have confidence in God, and now we pray to God for our father, our brother and our sister, for the death of our loved ones," he said.

The funeral of Tara (27), Willy (25), Jimmy (39), Kelsey (4) and Jodie (9) will take place today at the Church of the Most Holy Redeemer in the Co Wicklow town.

Five separate hearses will bring the deceased to the church for the noon ceremony, with the town's main street as well as several side roads to be closed off for the event.

The removal of the other five victims, Sylvia Connors (25), her husband Thomas Connors (27) and their three children, Jim (5), Christy (2) and five-month-old baby Mary will take place at the Church of the Ascension of the Lord, Balally, at 5pm tomorrow. The funerals will be held at the Church of the Assumption, Bride Street, Wexford town, on Friday.

Irish Independent

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