Tears at funeral of boys killed in fire
Mourners at the Church of the Way of the Cross choked back tears as two small, white coffins containing the remains of brothers Cian and Calvin Ellard left the church following mass, to the strains of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.
Calvin (4) and Cian (2) died after sustaining injuries in a house fire, which broke out at the family home in Wilton, Cork, in the early hours of last Sunday morning.
Their mother Stacey Ellard, who was also injured in the fire at their terraced two-storey house at Elm Park, attended the mass of the angels at Togher, Cork, with her partner, Ricky Punch.
Fr Robert Brophy said that the "shattering accident of Sunday morning had robbed" them "so cruelly" of their "two precious children".
Cian was pronounced dead at Cork University Hospital on October 30 and Calvin died last Wednesday.
The boys' uncle, Doug Punch, told the packed church that heaven had two "extra angels".
Pupils at Togher Boys National School, where Calvin was a pupil, performed a guard of honour as the coffins left the church for burial at St Joseph's Cemetery.