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Friday 21 July 2017

Parents' final farewell to blaze tragedy boys

Georgina O'Halloran

A MOTHER left her hospital bed to be at the graveside of her two little boys who perished in a house fire.

Calvin (4) and Cian (2) Ellard died after sustaining injuries in the fire, which broke out at the family home at Elm Park, Wilton, Cork, in the early hours of October 30.

Stacey Ellard, who was admitted to Cork University Hospital with injuries, managed to attend the Mass of the Angels at Togher, with her partner Ricky Punch.

Fr Robert Brophy described her recovery as "miraculous" as mourners gathered at the Church of the Way of the Cross.

He described the last number of days as "a rollercoaster between hope and despair".

The boys were remembered as "great mates" who had brought much joy and love to their parents, families and friends.

Doug Punch, the boys' uncle, said: "Calvin and Cian, we love you and miss you forever."

Members of the congregation wept as the two small, white coffins were carried from the church at the end of Mass to the strains of 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star'.

The brothers were then taken for burial together at St Joseph's Cemetery.

Firefighters had rescued the two boys and their mother from an upstairs bedroom in the early hours of October 30.

Cian was pronounced dead shortly after admission to hospital. Calvin died last Wednesday.

Irish Independent

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