Tuesday 24 April 2018

'She was loved and cherished in life' - Hundreds attend funeral of girl (3) killed in crash on way to creche

The coffin of Abigael Conlon (3) at her funeral at The Church of Mary Immaculate, Inchicore today
The coffin of Abigael Conlon (3) at her funeral at The Church of Mary Immaculate, Inchicore today

Ian Begley

Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral today of Abigael Conlon, the three-year-old girl killed in a crash in Kildare last Thursday.

Mourners poured into the Church of Mary Immaculate, Inchicore today in a bid to offer solidarity and sympathy to a family saying goodbye to their pride and joy. 

Little Abigael Conlon died following a head-on crash in Co Kildare last Thursday when she was being driven to creche by her father. 

As her tiny, white coffin was carried into the church, her grief-stricken father followed behind in a wheelchair and arm cast – remnants of the devastating crash. 

Members of the family held onto each other for emotional support before they took their seats.

Fr Aquin Casey, who delivered the sermon, acknowledged that it was important to celebrate the joys the three-year-old brought to everyone that knew her.

“Today is a day of great difficulty and sadness,” he said. 

“However, Abigael lived her life to the full and lived such a happy life. 

“While it is only natural to be sad and heartbroken, it would be a great injustice to Abigael not to be grateful and celebrate her life.

“Abigael lived every day and every moment in the present. She was loved and cherished in life by two wonderful parents Amy and Colm,” he said. 

A blue teddy bear and yellow blanket were brought up to the alter.

Several children’s books were also laid near her coffin, along with a touching picture of the little girl.

Many mourners travelled from Cork to pay their respects to the respected family, who are natives of Fermoy.

Among them, included several affiliates from Fermoy Rowing Club, who wore their official jackets as a mark of solidarity. 

As the funeral mass concluded, a lone vocalist filled the church with a poignant hymn.

Mourners struggled to hold themselves together as the small child’s coffin was then carried out of the Inchicore church. 

Abigael was then laid to rest in Newland’s Cross Cemetery.

Abigail was the only child of Colm and his wife Amy, and locals have expressed how they are heartbroken for the family.

Their car was travelling towards Kilcullen, and the jeep it crashed with was going towards Brannockstown.

The crash occurred on a winding stretch of narrow road with hills and dips in it, and locals were critical of the condition of it. Although the cause of the accident is not yet known and is still being investigated, locals said there has been several bad crashes on it and it was “like a skating rink” on the morning of the crash.

She was rushed to Naas Hospital and later transferred to Temple Street Children’s Hospital in Dublin, but lost her battle for life on Sunday.

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