Sunday 25 February 2018

'Beautiful Galway girl who loved all animals' is remembered by broken-hearted mourners

Sophie Coll
Sophie Coll

Robbie Farrell and Catherine Devine

A beautiful Galway girl who loved all animals was buried by her heart-broken family in a moving funeral service in Connemara yesterday.

Sophie Coll, from Barna, died in what has been called a freak accident after sustaining critical injuries in a fall last Wednesday.

The 19-year-oldstudent had only recently transferred to University of Limerick from NUI Galway when she was critically injured after falling in a property off-campus in Limerick.

She had been rushed by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick Intensive Care Unit, where she sadly lost her battle for life.

Gardaí confirmed they are treating the tragedy as an accidental death.

Fr John Campion, UL Chaplain said he was “supporting” Ms Coll’s family in trying to come to terms with the tragedy.

“We are supporting the family at this time, as well as Sophie’s classmates, and housemates, as part of our pastoral care protocol,” Fr Campion said.

“We will be holding a class service as well, in the next week or two,” Fr Campion added.

He described Ms Coll’s death as “a freak accident”.

Sophie’s school friend, Leona Colohan, said she was devastated by her friend’s passing.

“I spent six years with Sophie in secondary school and she is an absolute lady with a heart of gold, she would do anything for you. She was a great friend to have and it is just so sad that she is gone. She will never be forgotten. RIP princess.”

There were heart-breaking scenes as Sophie’s family including parents Rory and Carol, her sisters Stephanie and Abbie, her friends, housemates, and fellow students laid her to rest in Furbo cemetery after mass yesterday.

The family asked that as Sophie loved all animals, donations to the charities she loved so much including Madra the I.S.P.C.A. and the Donkey Sanctuary would be appreciated.

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