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Man held pregnant wife's hand as she died after horror crash


Pat Enright and Mary Walsh: married last year

Pat Enright and Mary Walsh: married last year

Pat Enright and Mary Walsh: married last year

A NEW husband held his wife's hand in hospital as she died -- along with their unborn daughter -- following a horror road crash, mourners heard yesterday.

Mary Walsh (28) was due to give birth to her first child in approximately six weeks.

Instead, she was buried yesterday with her unborn baby daughter Mollie after a funeral Mass in Abbeyside, Dungarvan in Waterford.

The funeral Mass took place in St Augustine's -- where Ms Walsh married her husband Pat Enright last year.

Ms Walsh died earlier this week when the car she was driving was in a collision with a car driven by Robert Stoker (17) outside Bansha in Tipperary.

Mr Stoker's funeral Mass also took place yesterday and he was buried in Cork.

Prayers for his family were said at Ms Walsh's funeral.

Pat Enright suffered serious hand injuries in the crash but was able to attend yesterday's funeral Mass.

The service was conducted by his uncle Fr Michael Enright.

"Less than a year married, they looked forward to so much," Fr Enright said in his homily.

He added that Pat Enright had moved jobs so he could be closer to his wife and the baby.

"Unfortunately, it didn't work out that way," Fr Enright said.

The priest told mourners that, at the hospital in Clonmel on the morning after the crash, Mr Enright held his wife's hand as she lay in a bed beside him and Ms Walsh's father David came to see them.

"Pa said, 'Sorry, I should have been driving'," Fr Enright said.

"But his father-in-law responded: 'You were the best thing that ever happened to Mary'."

They didn't know if the baby was a boy or a girl until after the crash, the priest said.

Mr Enright was one of three boys and his own father was one of six, according to Fr Enright.

"The fact that it was a girl was a great consolation and a great joy," the priest said.

Mr Enright was glad, he said, that his wife and daughter "will have each other in heaven".

Irish Independent