Saturday 21 April 2018

Funeral for tot killed in horror accident at home

Paddy Clancy

A TODDLER who was killed in a tragic accident at her home is due to be buried today.

Lisa Gallagher, who began walking just two weeks ago, died last Friday evening after being accidentally struck by a car driven by her father.

Adrian Gallagher (34) reversed the car around the side of the house in Drumardagh, Letterkenny, Co Donegal, unaware that his 13-month-old daughter was in the garden.

Lisa's grandfather, Paddy Maguire, yesterday told how he was playing with her less than half an hour before she was struck by the car.

Paddy, who lives 5km away, said: "She was the light of our life. The wee crathur only started walking about two weeks ago.

"I was playing with her in the garden about a half hour earlier. It was a lovely, sunny evening and she was a joy."

Paddy said he and his wife Dorothy then left the home of their daughter Carmel -- who is expecting her third child this month -- and her husband Adrian to return to their own house.

"When we got word what had happened it was unbelievable," he said.

"We babysat her every day. She loved being with her gran.

"She was a wee angel. It's a terrible loss for us but nothing compared with the loss Lisa's parents have to deal with. You never think something so awful will happen to your own family."

Lisa's brother Conor (4) was playing next door when the accident happened.


Her father, a computer operator with a local company, went to move his car. Neighbours said as Mr Gallagher was reversing his car he was unaware the child had suddenly re-entered the yard.

Prayers were said at Masses throughout the weekend for Lisa's family.

The administrator at St Eunan's Cathedral, Letterkenny, Fr Eamon Kelly, said the event affected the entire community.

"All we can do is rally around the family and friends affected and pray, comfort and talk to them," he said.

Lisa's removal took place from the Chapel of Rest, Letterkenny General Hospital, after a post-mortem on Saturday afternoon. She was brought to her home prior to burial today at Conwall Cemetery after Mass at St Eunan's Cathedral.

Irish Independent

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