Thursday 29 September 2016

'She was loved' - mourners told of 'amazing' mum-of-two who died after being hit by alleged drink driver

Ciara Treacy

Published 08/01/2016 | 13:47

The remains of Claire Hewitt are brought to St Ciaran's Church, Hartstown, for her funeral mass, inset, Claire Hewitt
The remains of Claire Hewitt are brought to St Ciaran's Church, Hartstown, for her funeral mass, inset, Claire Hewitt
The remains of Claire Hewitt are brought to St Ciaran's Church, Hartstown, for her funeral mass
The remains of Claire Hewitt are brought to St Ciaran's Church, Hartstown, for her funeral mass

A mother-of-two killed in the first crash on Irish roads this year was described as an "amazing woman" who went "beyond the call of duty" at her funeral mass this morning.

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Claire Hewitt (47) from Hazelwood Avenue, Clonsilla, Dublin, died in the early hours of Sunday morning when she and a friend - who remains in hospital - were hit by a car metres from her home. The driver of the car was arrested on suspicion of drink driving.

During the mass at St Ciaran's Church, Hartstown, Jolie Hewitt spoke on behalf of her father David, brother John Paul and extended family in paying tribute her mother.

"She was an amazing woman and I can see here how much she was loved in the community and how much everyone cared for her," she said.

"Obviously she loved to talk to everybody, you'd just walk to the shop and she'd start talking to you.

"Anyone who knew my mam well knew she loved a tin of paint and a paintbrush and redecorating the house, even if it was against my dad's will."

The remains of Claire Hewitt are brought to St Ciaran's Church, Hartstown, for her funeral mass
The remains of Claire Hewitt are brought to St Ciaran's Church, Hartstown, for her funeral mass
The remains of Claire Hewitt are brought to St Ciaran's Church, Hartstown, for her funeral mass across the road from where she was killed
Victim Claire Hewitt

She thanked St Joseph's Centre in Clonsilla - where Ms Hewitt worked as a carer - for making her mother's job "so enjoyable".

"She loved all the women she looked after and she loved all the staff, she had a lot of time for you all."

She joked that her mother worked as a travel agent on her days off, looking up destinations and keeping track of her daughter when she was working on cruise ships.

"She knew where I was before I knew where I was. It was like she was always with me.

"I know my mam's not with us now but she's always in our hearts and she's with us in spirit, and I know that."

Gifts brought to the altar reflected Ms Hewitt's many hobbies, including a paintbrush, betting slips to represent her love for horses and Cheltenham, and a microphone to reflect her fondness for singing.

A set of hands were brought up to show her dedication to her job, for which parish priest Fr Joe Coyne said she went "beyond the call of duty".

He said that family members and the community were grappling to deal with "the feelings of loss, anger and pain".

Ms Hewitt was afterwards laid to rest in Dardistown Cemetery.

The 24-year-old man who was driving the car and has an address in Hartstown was arrested at the scene and questioned at Blanchardstown Garda Station on suspicion of drink-driving.

He was charged and later released and is due to appear at Blanchardstown District Court at the end of the month.

Claire was the first person to be killed on the roads this year.

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