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Thursday 28 August 2014

Mother of tragic Erin and Shannon has baby son

Greg Harkin

Published 22/05/2013 | 05:00

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Erin Gallagher (13), left, and her sister Shannon (15) took their own lives last year
Erin Gallagher's mother Lorraine

THE mother of two teenage girls who took their own lives within six weeks of each other last year has spoken of her joy after giving birth to a boy.

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Erin Gallagher (13) and her sister Shannon (15) died by suicide in Co Donegal last autumn.

There were claims Erin was being bullied and that her older sister couldn't cope with the grief.

Their mother Lorraine, who also has a five-year-old son Sean James, gave birth at Letterkenny General Hospital on Saturday.

She and her fiance Phelim Quinn have named their new son Lennon.

"We are just relieved that we are home and that little Lennon arrived okay," said Lorraine last night. "He is a very happy little boy."

Lorraine (37) said she is trying her best to get on with her life. She said she is planning to tell little Lennon all about her older sisters in time.

"There's not an hour that goes by that I don't think about Erin and Shannon," she said.

Erin was found dead at her home on October 27 last year.

Her sister Shannon took her own life on December 14.

Irish Independent

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