MOURNERS at the funeral of a young woman killed in a freak accident when storms lashed the country have heard how the light went out for her heartbroken family when they heard of her sudden death.
Up to a thousand mourners packed into the Church of the Holy Redeemer in Ballymore, Co Westmeath, to bid a sad farewell to Aisling Maguire, who lost her life when a tree fell on her car on Wednesday.
Aisling (23), from Ballymacallen, Ballymore, Co Westmeath, was remembered for her kindness and friendliness, jovial nature and commitment to her job.
It was this commitment that played a part in her untimely death, Fr Phil Smith told the packed congregation.
Aisling had been going "above and beyond the call of duty", travelling to the removal service for an elderly woman she had cared for, when she was tragically killed after a tree fell on her car as a result of 150kmh winds on the Mullingar to Ballymahon Road.
The young care assistant's heartbroken parents, Gerry and Geraldine, and brothers, Owen and Brendan, were joined by their extended family, the local community and Aisling's many friends at the funeral Mass.
Her teammates from the Loughnavalley GAA club formed a guard of honour.
Speaking about the hundreds who gathered to watch the winter solstice on Saturday, Fr Smith said "the light went out" for the Maguire family when they heard of the accident that killed their only daughter.
He told how that grief had now enveloped the entire community.