Friday 23 August 2019

'She was my angel' - Santina laid to rest

Grieving: Family of two-year-old Santina Cawley carry her remains at her funeral. Photo: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision
Grieving: Family of two-year-old Santina Cawley carry her remains at her funeral. Photo: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Ralph Riegel

Cork toddler Santina Cawley (2) was hailed as God's newest angel.

There were heartbreaking scenes at the Mass of the Angels for the little girl whose death in Cork last Friday sparked a Garda murder investigation.

The mourners at the Cathedral of St Mary and St Anne were led by her parents, Bridget O'Donoghue and Michael Cawley, as well as Santina's four siblings.

Mr Cawley stood throughout the entire Mass with his hand resting on his little girl's coffin - only interrupting his tribute to comfort his distressed daughter Candice, and youngest son, Thomas.

Ms O'Donoghue was supported by her mother, Eileen, as she wept when the gold and white casket was finally led from the cathedral.

Santina's mother asked celebrant Fr Oscar O'Leary to highlight what the little girl meant to her entire family.

"She was my angel," Fr O'Leary quoted Santina's mother.

"She always brought a smile to my face. Santina was a little girl who knew what she wanted. She loved the 'Teletubbies' and she always loved watching them on TV.

"Santina was truly loved. Her life was short. But remember it is not the length of days but what we put in to it."

Ms O'Donoghue then placed a special card to Santina on the cathedral's memorial tree.

Gifts for the Offertory procession included Santina's pink teddy, her pink trolls and a 'Teletubbies' play box. Santina is survived by her mother Bridget, her father Michael, and siblings Candice, Michael, Patrick and Thomas.

Irish Independent

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