Saturday 20 December 2014

Tribute paid to ‘brave’ mother who tragically lost two young sons

Jennifer McShane

Published 28/07/2014 | 10:46

The mother of two young boys who were tragically killed last year, has been described as ‘brave’ at a mass held yesterday to mark the first anniversary of their death.

The bodies of Eoghan Chada (10) and his little brother Ruairi (5) from Ballinkillen in Co. Carlow were tragically discovered in a crashed car in Westport, Co. Mayo last July.

Their mother, Kathleen Chada, raised the alarm when she discovered the two were missing.      

In a service held at St. Lazerian’s Church in Ballinkillen, parish priest Declan Foley said Kathleen was “a brave woman” and “carrying a loss that is so hard to bare.”

He added that she was able to “smile through the pain” despite suffering “an enormous loss", according to the Daily Mail.

A number of different  tributes have also been made to mark the memory of the boys in their locality.

A few weeks ago the Ballinkillen GAA Club erected a granite seat for the two, who played Gaelic Games and soccer.

The boys classmates in Ballinkillen National School have paid regular visits to the graveyard where they were laid to rest. 

Fr Foley added: “The entire community is here for Kathleen and the family and always will be.” 

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