'I’m only here because of my dad, my hero' - Road victim Abbie's final message to much-loved father
Abbie Finn has special thank you for emergency services and her much-loved father at funeral
The seriously injured daughter of a man who was killed in a road accident today bravely thanked him at his funeral for his last action of saving her life.
Martin Finn (60) from Gurteen Avenue in Ballyfermot was walking along the Newcastle Road in west Dublin with his daughter Abbie (18) last Tuesday night when they were struck from behind by an SUV.
The pair had just been feeding their horses in a nearby field and were making their way back to Martin’s wife Carol who was parked nearby when tragedy struck.
Just before the collision on the dark road with no footpaths, Martin had pushed Abbie away to one side. He bore the brunt of the impact, and although Abbie was badly injured she survived.
She was today brought to St Matthew’s Church in Ballyfermot by ambulance to join her mother, family and friends to bid goodbye to her dad, known to most as Whacker.
At the beginning of the mass she slowly made her way to the altar at the invitation of Fr Joe McDonald - her head braced by metal rods attached to a collar on her shoulders to prevent damage to her spinal cord from the broken bones in her neck.
Abbie thanked the fire crews, and paramedics, as well as the doctor, nurses and surgeons of Tallaght and the Mater hospitals who worked on her dad and herself.
“I’m only here because of them, and because of my dad, my hero, whose last gift to me was to save my life,” she said.
Abbie also had a special message for the driver involved in the accident.
“We would like you to know we are praying for you and your family. We wish we could ease your pain.
“We do not want my dad’s legacy to be your suffering, as that is the last thing he would want,” Abbie added.
“My dad was my best friend. We had a special bond like no other. I would also like to thank my mother who has always been my rock throughout my whole life."
Abbie also thanked her little son Arthur, who was only born on November 1, saying he will support her throughout this time.
There were fond memories of horse lover Martin too, and his sense of humour, even when he saw the funny side after a stallion once bolted while he had his hand wrapped with the rope securing him, and Martin got dragged through horse dung and nettles.
“My dad loved horses just as much as I do.
"He left me his legacy of his love for animals which I in turn will pass on to baby Arthur.
"My dad might have been just one man in the world to everyone, but to me he was my world, my best friend, my hero all in one. I promise to live a great life full of the fullest potential for him,” Abbie said to applause from the mourners.
Following the mass Martin’s remains were brought to Newland’s Cross cemetery for burial.