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Tuesday 25 October 2016

Principal pays tribute to 'wonderful' tragic Katie

Ciarán Murphy

Published 08/10/2016 | 02:30

Katie Murphy, who was killed in a traffic accident on Wednesday
Katie Murphy, who was killed in a traffic accident on Wednesday

The principal of the school that tragic crash victim Katie Murphy attended has paid tribute to the "wonderful young woman" whose life was cut short.

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Edel Connolly, of St Angela's Ursuline School, was speaking at the Bicentenary celebrations for the 'Ursuline Waterford' in the city, the order that set up and still runs the school where Katie was a pupil.

The fifth-year student (16) was killed in a single-vehicle crash on Wednesday evening near the entrance to the Carrigeenlea estate on the Cliff Road in Tramore.

The male driver of the car (17) escaped with minor injuries, while two others, a boy and a girl, also aged 17, were seriously injured when the car collided side-on with a wall.

Katie, of Castlewoods estate at Ballinamona between Waterford city and Tramore, will be laid to rest tomorrow.

Ms Connolly said: "We acknowledge the thousands of young women who have passed through the gates full of hope an confidence… full of an ability to face the world.

"And though today is about all of that and we salute our Ursuline sisters in our midst.

"It is also about a wonderful young woman, our own Katie Murphy, our fifth-year, who God has seen fit to take to his side.

"And today, in the marking of our 200 years of achievement, we are also marking a beautiful life cut short."

The Bishop of Waterford Alphonsus 'Phonsie' Cullinan also sympathised with the students, parents and teaching staff at the Sacred Heart Church in the Folly yesterday.

"We gather also, of course, in sadness because we pray for Katie. I'm offering this Mass for all of you," he said.

Irish Independent

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