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Wednesday 20 August 2014

Tributes paid to 'loveable rogue' Caitlin (14) killed in horrific car crash

Caitlin Taylor from Mallow was laid to rest today, two days before her 15th birthday

Majella O’Sullivan

Published 19/06/2014 | 15:02

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Denise, mother of the late Caitlin Taylor, holding her portrait following her funeral at the Church of the Resurrection, Mallow.
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Denise, mother of the late Caitlin Taylor, holding her portrait following her funeral at the Church of the Resurrection, Mallow. Pic: Provision
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The remains the late Caitlin Taylor  carried from the Church of the Resurrection, Mallow.
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The remains the late Caitlin Taylor carried from the Church of the Resurrection, Mallow. Pic: Provision
Caitlin Taylor was killed in a single-car crash on a dangerous stretch of road in Co Kerry
Caitlin Taylor was killed in a single-car crash on a dangerous stretch of road in Co Kerry

A beautiful and interesting girl who was always in pursuit of happiness was how a teenager killed in a horrific road crash at the weekend was remembered at her funeral mass.

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Caitlin Taylor (14) from Sli na gCrann, Gouldshill, Mallow was laid to rest today, two days before what would have been her 15th birthday.

Mourners at her funeral Mass included many of her school friends from St Mary’s Secondary School in Mallow, who sang in the choir and formed a guard of honour as her remains made their final journey to St Gobnait’s cemetery.

Chaplain of St Mary’s, Sr Brid Briggane, said although Caitlin had only come to the school 14 months ago, staff and students were very fond of her.

“Caitlin was gentle, polite and sensitive and during my many chats with her she told me how much she loved her mom and her brothers.

“One of her friends said, ‘She was so nice to everyone, she tried to help anyone she could’,” she said.

Family friend, Mary O’Brien said Caitlin was a “loveable rogue” who was looked up to by her little brothers Jack and Bill and who her parents Denise and Darren should be very proud of.

Caitlin from Sli na gCrann in Gouldshill, Mallow, was a front seat passenger in a Toyota Yaris being driven by Sarah O’Connell (20).

Ms O’Connell’s 18-month-old daughter Sophie, who Caitlin babysat, was also in the car at the time but both survived with minor injuries.

On behalf of the family, Ms O’Brien thanked the emergency services, the gardai and especially the local people who stayed with Caitlin until they arrived at the scene.

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