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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Sad farewell to five-year-old 'Angel Lulu' who died on Christmas Day

MOURNERS at the funeral of a little girl who died on Christmas Day wore a sea of pink in memory of their Angel Lulu.

The packed congregation at the Church of St Oliver Plunkett in Renmore, was told that five-year-old Lucia Cleary, known affectionately as Lulu, had become a new angel. They were asked to pray for her heartbroken parents Paul and Lisa, brother Josh and wider family.

Fr Des Forde told the congregation that they had gathered for a very sad occasion at this usually joyous time of year "to celebrate a very short life that made a very big impact in so many areas."

Fr Forde told the congregation that this wasn't a day to try and understand why. He told how the family had been left shattered and broken by the car accident just two weeks ago which caused Lucia's injuries and led to her death "on Christmas Day of all days, when God became one with us, Lucia was made one with God."

Lucia from The Meadows in Ballybrit, Galway city was injured when her family car was involved in a three-car crash in storm conditions on the M6 motorway on December 18. She was rushed to University Hospital Galway and later transferred to Temple St Crumlin where she died on Christmas Day.

Pointing to her pink coffin and to the hundreds of mourners who had worn pink ribbons, ties and scarves in her memory, Fr Forde said the little girl's favourite colour would remind everyone of this special person, who was with them now not in a way that they would like, but as an angel.

"She has gone to that place where most of us won't get the premier tickets that she has got. Because she has gone into that place of angel-hood. The rest of us will try and scrape in by our teeth just to be in the presence of God," he said.

Gifts brought to the altar for the little girl included a pink blanket, remembering her love of the colour and the small comforts in life. As her teddy bear was brought to the altar, the congregation was told how she had loved her toys and slept with them every night.

The quality time she had spent with her grandad in the countryside was recalled with a packet of chocolate digestive biscuits while nail polish and a CD brought to mind Lucia's creative mind and love of pop music.

Lucia was buried in the New Cemetery in Bohermore following Mass of the Angels at the Church of St Oliver Plunkett in Renmore.

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