Sunday 28 December 2014

'Distraught' family bring tragic fire sisters home

Published 04/01/2014 | 16:14

A gardai at the scene of the house fire at Ceannan View, Letterkeny, Co. Donegal yesterday, inset left, sister Anngeline Brogan; inset right, Jody

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, Co Donegal, yesterday. A 25-year-old man who was also at the house escaped injury.

More than a thousand people followed their cortege this 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.

Gardaí 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 house.

It took more than 15 minutes for the huge cortege to pass its way through the town, with gardaí 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 celebrated for the sisters on Monday 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.

Meanwhile, Garda forensic officers completed their investigations at the scene earlier today.

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

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