Monday 24 October 2016

‘My best friend was murdered, now I’ve lost my beautiful girlfriend in horror car crash’

Greg Harkin

Published 23/09/2016 | 07:18

Kiara Baird with boyfriend John Brennan
Kiara Baird with boyfriend John Brennan

A Dublin man whose best friend was murdered has spoken of his double heartache after his girlfriend was killed in a horror car crash.

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Kiara Baird (19) died alongside mother-of-three Maria Wallis (38) when the car they were travelling in rolled over and hit a lamp post outside Ballybofey, Co Donegal, on Wednesday.

Kiara Baird
Kiara Baird

The women were returning home from a college beautician course at nearby Finn Valley college.

The 24-year-old driver from Tallaght has been released from hospital.

Kiara’s boyfriend, 23-year-old John Brennan from Crumlin, told the Herald he had been left heartbroken for the second time in months after pal Paul Curran died from injuries sustained in a stabbing incident at Seagull House, Rutland Avenue, in Crumlin in July.

“Kiara was stunning,” said John, who had been dating her since 2014.

Kiara Baird (inset)
Kiara Baird (inset)

“She was the most beautiful girl in the world and I loved her. She was always working and trying to do better for herself.

“Kiara was just like any other girl like that; she loved life and was the life and soul of the place. I’m still in shock. I can’t believe she’s gone.

“I lost my best friend Paulie (Curran) 11 weeks ago and now this has happened. Kiara was my princess and I know Paulie will look after her for me.”

Kiara, who was originally from Clondalkin, died alongside Maria when the car in which they were travelling went out of control on a bend on the Glenfin Road, on the outskirts of Ballybofey, Co Donegal at 4.15pm on Wednesday.

Kiara’s grandfather Declan paid tribute to her, as he came to terms with the shocking news in his Clondalkin home.

He said Kiara had moved with her mother Tracy and her three siblings to Donegal around six years ago to make a better life for themselves

because Tracy did not want to bring up her children in Dublin.

“She wanted her children to be safe. I reared all my family here in the city, and I wouldn’t change that, but times have changed a lot since then and Tracy didn’t want her children reared in the city,” said Declan.

“There’s another daughter of mine in Kerry for the same reason,” he added.

“Kiara was our first grandchild. The first of the next generation of 13 grandchildren. She was special because of that.

“She was full of life and full of questions, and constantly wanted more from life. Kiara would still come down to Dublin a lot to go out with friends, and I would see her often. What happened is just awful,” he added with emotion.

“I’m a youth worker myself, and I’ve known a lot of young people killed in car crashes as a result. I’ve been to too many funerals.

“I don’t know what happened in the crash. I don’t want to be a person looking for any blame. All I know is Kiara is gone. All I know is we miss her,” Declan said.

Gardai have appealed for witnesses and anyone with information in Dublin or Donegal on the incident to contact them at Letterkenny Garda Station on 074 9167100, the Garda Confidential Line, 1800 666111 or any garda station.

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