Tuesday 17 October 2017

'I’ll miss her coming in with my two grandchildren' - Dad pays tribute to homeless daughter found dead in hotel

Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

The heartbroken father of the Dublin mother of two who took her own life in her emergency hotel accommodation has said he will never forget her.

Speaking at the funeral of Danielle Carroll (27) in Tallaght yesterday, Frank Carroll told mourners that she was a lovely girl.

The remains of Danielle Carroll are taken from the Church of the Incarnation in Fettercairn following her funeral mass. Picture; Gerry Mooney
The remains of Danielle Carroll are taken from the Church of the Incarnation in Fettercairn following her funeral mass. Picture; Gerry Mooney

“Danzer was my daughter and always will be my daughter. I’ll miss her coming in with my two grandchildren,” he said emotionally from the altar at the Church of the Incarnation in Fettercairn.

Danielle died last Wednesday in the Leixlip House Hotel where she had been living in emergency accommodation since the beginning of the year when the rented accommodation she had near her family was sold by its owner and she was left homeless.

Her family say Danielle had been offered one house only to have the offer withdrawn later and another property suggested to her.

They said Danielle felt the second option was in no way suitable for bringing up two young boys and she had become anxious and upset about her housing situation.

Danielle’s friend Linda Woods said Danielle was always hopeful of eventually finding a place to live.

“She would say ‘All I want is a little house where my boys can have their own beds’ and she hoped that someday that would happen,” Linda explained.

Danielle Carroll
Danielle Carroll

Her eldest son DJ is seven, and his little brother Carter is just 20 months.

“She was trying her best in the hotel room, but she had to drive from there every day back to Tallaght where DJ is in school, and wash and feed Carter in her mother’s house. It was very difficult,” she added.

Danielle’s mother Margaret said her daughter became very down and was seeking help for her anxiety for a period of time.

Symbols of Danielle’s life brought to the altar included a photograph of her with her boys, a Budweiser bottle, and a CD of her favourite songs.

Fr Jimmy McPartland said our consolation will be the joyful memories we have of Danielle.

“Our sadness is that Danzer is gone from us at an age we did not expect,” he added.

Danielle’s family embraced each other, wearing yellow ribbons pinned to their clothes.

In front of Danielle’s ornate casket, a floral tribute in the word ‘Mum’ stood.

During his homily, Fr McPartland prayed for her family.

“She will be sadly missed by all,” he said.

“All of us are stunned by the sudden death of Danzer. The biggest difficulty we have is we feel so powerless. Events have moved in a swift and unforeseen way, beyond our control, and we have been left behind almost as feeble spectators,” he added.

He said Danielle was a young woman with a big heart, full of love for her children and her family, whose life has been nipped in the bud.

After the funeral mass Danielle’s casket was brought to Newland’s cemetery a in carriage drawn by black horses with black plumes.

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