Sunday 25 February 2018

Mourners pray for baby Alannah and family as she is laid to rest

Soft toys, flowers and messages left on baby Alannah’s grave. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Soft toys, flowers and messages left on baby Alannah’s grave. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
The remains of baby Alannah arrive at Redford Cemetery, Greystones, Co Wicklow, yesterday. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Ryan Nugent

The funeral ceremony, like the life of tragic baby Alannah, was short.

She was a child that nobody knew - but still a large group of mourners attended to pay their respects.

It has been just over a week since the infant's remains were found at a recycling plant in Greystones, Co Wicklow.

And yesterday around 100 mourners turned up at Redford Cemetery in the town to pay their respects to the child.

Her tiny white coffin was carried from the hearse by only two people.

Many in attendance were representing Greenstar recycling - where the harrowing discovery was made on Wednesday, May 4.


One employee came across the body, 10 more were there at the time, while all staff members are understood to be still feeling the effects of the harrowing incident.

"The staff are still in shock," said Garda Superintendent Pat Ward.

Four of those employees tearfully lowered the coffin into the ground.

Two bouquets were left by the company, one in the shape of a teddy bear and another bearing the following message: "You're up in heaven with the angels now, a perfect little star, and when you shine, the world will see how beautiful you are."

Reverend Alan Breen said "everybody is wanting peace" not just for Alannah, but also for her parents.

"It's tragic, everybody has been touched by this story and everybody is heartbroken for Alannah and for whatever led her to this circumstance," he said.

Officers working on her case gave her the name 'Alannah', meaning 'dearest child'.

But it seems the only way that more will be learned of her short life is if somebody comes forward with information.

Officers say nobody has anything to fear in coming forward.

The short burial ceremony came to a close, and a single white dove flew into the clear, blue Wicklow skies.

At the same time, mere metres away, hundreds of young children basked in the sunshine at their school sports day - a devastating contrast.

Irish Independent

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