Hundreds pay final respects to much-loved mother and daughter who lost their lives in Christmas tragedy
Published 26/12/2015 | 15:49
Hundreds turned out on a wet and windy St Stephen's Day to pay their respects to a mother and daughter who lost their lives in a freak road accident just days before Christmas.
Huge crowds gathered in St Martin's Church in Kilworth, Cork to extend their sympathies to the heartbroken Clancy and Ahern families following the tragic deaths of Geraldine (58) and Louise (22) Clancy outside Kilworth, Co Cork, on Tuesday.
The mother and daughter, on their way to do Christmas shopping in Fermoy, drowned after their car was involved in a collision with another vehicle and veered through a ditch into a flooded field on the Kilworth to Ballyduff road.
Popular farmer Noel Clancy shouldered a coffin as the much-loved pair were brought out of the church.
The two women were buried together at St Michael's Cemetery in Ballyduff, Co Waterford following Requiem Mass.
Mourners at the funeral were told that Geraldine and Louise were the 'heart and soul of the family'.
Proud son Declan paid tribute to his mother and his sister Louise who was studying English literature at the University of Sussex as part of her Erasmus year at University College Cork.
Louise had only flown back to Cork from Brighton last weekend to spend Christmas with her family.
A keen science fiction fan, she was a member of UCC's journalism society and had written multiple blogs about films, including her favourite, the 'Star Wars' series.
The two women lost their lives when the car in which they were driving crashed into a field less than one kilometre from their home on the Kilworth-Ballyduff road, in north Cork.
The field, adjacent to the River Blackwater, was flooded to a depth of 120cms (4ft) in places due to the river breaking its banks and the recent torrential rainfall.
Both women drowned when they were unable to escape from the vehicle.
Local farmer Noel Clancy arrived at the scene with his tractor to help only to discover the tragedy involved his own wife and daughter.
Geraldine and Louise had only left home to go Christmas shopping in nearby Fermoy a few minutes earlier.