Saturday 20 December 2014

Devastated family mourn young sisters killed in blaze

Published 05/01/2014 | 02:30

The house at Ceannan View in Letterkenny where a fire resulted in the deaths of Anngelina and Jody Brogan
Anngeline Brogan
Jody Brogan

THERE were heartbreaking scenes as relatives and friends followed the coffins of two sisters killed in a house fire to the family home.

Anngeline Brogan, 27, and her sister, Jody, 28, died in a blaze at the house they shared in Letterkenny on Friday.

A 25-year-old man who was also at the house escaped injury.

More than 1,000 people followed their cortege yesterday afternoon as the coffins were removed from a funeral home and taken to their mother Mary's home in the Lisnennan area of the town.

Gardai stopped traffic to allow the huge cortege to make its way from Mountain Top, near to the scene of the blaze at Ceannan View, to the wake house.

It took more than 15 minutes for the cortege to pass its way through the town, with gardai closing off access roads.

The women's father, Frank, said the family -- and the girls' six siblings -- were "absolutely distraught".

The family has also thanked people from throughout Ireland who have expressed sympathy since the tragedy.

A funeral Mass will be held for the sisters tomorrow at St Columba's Church in Drumoghill, Co Donegal.

The girls will be laid to rest together in the adjoining cemetery after the 11am service.

Garda forensic officers completed their investigations at the scene yesterday.

It is not believed there are any suspicious circumstances.

The house has been boarded up and flowers have been left at the scene.

 

GREG HARKIN

Irish Independent

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