Wednesday 22 November 2017

Mayo crash tragedy: Mourners weep as daughter places Junior Cert results on mother's coffin

Three generations of one family killed in road crash laid to rest

The remains of Marcella Wilson are taken from the church after her funeral mass in Binghamstown Co. Mayo. Picture; Gerry Mooney
The remains of Mary Anne, Marcella and Sean Wilson make their way for burial in Cross Cemetery after their funeral mass in Binghamstown Co. Mayo. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Flowers for Sean Wilson are taken from the church and placed in the hearse after his funeral mass in Binghamstown Co. Mayo. Picture; Gerry Mooney
The remains of Marcella Wilson are taken from the church after her funeral mass in Binghamstown Co. Mayo. Picture; Gerry Mooney
The remains of Marcella Wilson are taken from the church after her funeral mass in Binghamstown Co. Mayo. Picture; Gerry Mooney
The remains of Sean Wilson make their way for burial in Cross Cemetery after their funeral mass in Binghamstown Co. Mayo. Picture; Gerry Mooney
The remains of Mary Anne, Marcella and Sean Wilson make their way for burial in Cross Cemetery after their funeral mass in Binghamstown Co. Mayo. Picture; Gerry Mooney
The remains of Mary Anne, Marcella and Sean Wilson make their way for burial in Cross Cemetery after their funeral mass in Binghamstown Co. Mayo. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Anthony McGlynn looks on at the remains of his son Sean Wilson after his funeral mass in Binghamstown Co. Mayo. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Anthony McGlynn (extreme right) with the remains of his son Sean Wilson after his funeral mass in Binghamstown Co. Mayo. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Anthony McGlynn (extreme right) takes the remains of his son Sean Wilson from the church after his funeral mass in Binghamstown Co. Mayo. Picture; Gerry Mooney
The funeral of Mary Anne, Marcella and Sean Wilson in Binghamstown Co. Mayo. Picture; Gerry Mooney
The remains of Mary Anne, Marcella and Sean Wilson make their way for burial in Cross Cemetery after their funeral mass in Binghamstown Co. Mayo. Picture; Gerry Mooney
The remains of Sean Wilson make their way for burial in Cross Cemetery after their funeral mass in Binghamstown Co. Mayo. Picture; Gerry Mooney
The remains of Sean Wilson are taken from the church after his funeral mass in Binghamstown Co. Mayo. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Anthony McGlynn looks on at the remains of his son Sean Wilson after his funeral mass in Binghamstown Co. Mayo. Picture; Gerry Mooney
The remains of Marcella Wilson are taken from the church after her funeral mass in Binghamstown Co. Mayo. Picture; Gerry Mooney

Ian Begley

Hundreds of mourners wept with sorrow as the daughter of crash victim Marcella Wilson placed her Junior Cert results onto her mother’s coffin.

More than 300 people packed into St Joseph’s Church Binghamstown, Mayo to bid farewell to three members of the same family, killed in a road traffic accident earlier this week.

The victims of the horrific tragedy were: Marcella Wilson (40s), along with her son Seán (7) and her mother Mary Ann (70s).

Little Sean’s white coffin was positioned in the middle. A small, blue plush dog lay on top.

Road victims Mary Ann Wilson (left) and her daughter Marcella, who died in a road accident at Claremorris, Co Mayo
Road victims Mary Ann Wilson (left) and her daughter Marcella, who died in a road accident at Claremorris, Co Mayo

Rev Kevin Hegarty acknowledged how Marcella “would have rejoiced” - but she never got to see her daughter Kelly (14) receive her exam results.  When the family presented items in remembrance of their loved ones, Kelly placed her results on top of her mum’s coffin.

Amy (16), Marcella’s eldest daughter, spoke of her brother’s “lovely personality”.

“Sean was the baby of the house and forever will be. I just want him to know that we’ll always love him.” She also described her mum, who was recovering from cancer, as her “best friend” and “rock”.

“Mum’s health also went downhill, but she would always try and hide it.

“Mum, I’m just happy you’re not in pain anymore.”

The teenager also described her grandmother’s sense of humour and ability to light up a room.

Marcella’s son Sean
Marcella’s son Sean

Rev Hegarty said no words can meet the reality of the anguish suffered by the Wilson family.

“A tragedy of this proportion makes all of us question the existence of God – why do bad things happen to good people?

“There are no gestures or powers that could sooth the pain inflicted on you, but we want you to know that we want to journey with you in solidarity” he said.

Michael Gallagher, the brother-in-law of Sean’s father Anthony McGlynn, said: “This week began with Seanie dreaming of Mayo men walking into the Hogan Stand and hoisting the Sam Maguire.

“He wanted to see the sun in the sky when the green and red finally reached the promised land.

“Well now, Sean has reached the promised land before any of the rest of us.

“Whenever a Mayo man walks up the steps and collects the big basin and lifts it towards the heavens, Sean Martin Wilson McGlynn, will be dancing in the sky.”

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