Wednesday 22 November 2017

Poignant tributes to family killed in horror crash

The funeral cortege at Binghamstown in Co Mayo Photo: Gerry Mooney
The funeral cortege at Binghamstown in Co Mayo Photo: Gerry Mooney

Ian Begley

Hundreds of mourners wept as the daughter of crash victim Marcella Wilson placed her Junior Cert results on her mother's coffin.

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

A photo of Sean Wilson beside his coffin in the hearse. Photo: Gerry Mooney
A photo of Sean Wilson beside his coffin in the hearse. Photo: Gerry Mooney

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

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

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".

Mary Ann and Marcella Wilson
Mary Ann and Marcella Wilson

"Seán 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.

Rev Hegarty said no words could express the reality of the anguish suffered by the 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 soothe 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 Seán's father Anthony McGlynn, said: "This week began of Seánie 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, Seán 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, Seán Martin Wilson McGlynn, will be dancing in the sky."

Irish Independent

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