Friday 23 February 2018

Huge crowd attends funeral of storm victim Aisling Maguire (23)

Aisling Maguire: the young woman who died during this week's freak weather
Aisling Maguire: the young woman who died during this week's freak weather
Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

UP to a thousand mourners packed into a Midlands church to bid a sad farewell to a young care assistant killed in a freak accident during last week's storms.

Aisling Maguire (23) from Ballymacallen, Ballymore in Co Westmeath was remembered for her kindness, friendliness, jovial nature and commitment to her job.

Her teammates from the Loughnavalley GAA club formed a guard of honour as the remains of the young woman were brought in and out of the church.

Her heartbroken parents Gerry and Geraldine and brothers Owen and Brendan were joined by their extended family, the local community and Aisling's many friends at the funeral mass.

Gifts which recalled the personality of the young woman were brought to the altar, including a jersey from her beloved Loughnavalley GAA club along with her work tunic and a pair of odd socks.

The young care assistant was killed when a tree hit her car as a result of 150kmph winds on the Mullingar to Ballymahon Road in Westmeath. She had been travelling to the removal service for a former patient whom she had cared for at the Newbrook Nursing Home.

Following funeral mass, Aisling was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.

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