Fire tragedy sisters laid to rest side by side
TWO sisters died "cruel" deaths in a house fire at a time of year that should have been joyous, mourners at their funeral were told.
Young mothers Jody and Anngie Brogan died as they slept at home in Letterkenny.
Jody (28) was a mother of one, whilst her 27-year-old sister Anngie was a mother of three.
Their sister Natasha spoke briefly at the end of Requiem Mass at St Columba's Church in the hamlet of Drumoghill, six kilometres from Letterkenny, Co Donegal.
"We will miss all your laughter and your jokes," she said, "You were amazing sisters, daughters, mothers, aunties and friends."
Many friends of the young women wore T-shirts with their pictures on them and carried roses in their memory.
During the Mass, the chief celebrant, Fr Brian Quinn, who visited the scene of the fire in Ceannan View last Friday, said the women had died "cruel" deaths.
But he asked mourners to remember how the young women touched so many lives.
"I ask you today to remember Jody and Anngie in your own lives. Remember them as a daughter, a sister, a mother and a friend," he said.
"Remember them as people who made a difference. Remember them not in the absolute hell of the house fire in Ceannan View but as they are now in heaven in peace and joy," he said.
The priest said the "light of the festive season" had been blurred by the tragedy.
"There are no set of words or indeed answers to the many questions that you have and that we all have in our thoughts at this moment except why Jody and Anngie? The unfairness of it all, how cruel life can be and now so many memories left behind," said Fr Quinn.
"Jody and Anngie's sudden deaths are once again a reminder of the fierce and final experience that death is.
"The ones we cared about are gone from our sight, the pain of loss is so real and makes the future uncertain," Fr Quinn said.
The priest asked mourners to pray for the young women's parents Frankie and Mary and for their brothers and sisters Frankie, Conor, Christopher, Natasha, Kirsty and Orla.
The sisters were laid to rest together in the adjoining graveyard.
Letterkenny Mayor Pascal Blake urged friends of the women to seek professional counselling to deal with the grief of the tragedy.