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Adored Lisa is laid to rest after family's car horror

LITTLE Lisa Gallagher, who died tragically at her home after being hit by a car driven by her father, was buried today in Letterkenny, Co Donegal.

Family and friends wept as the 13-month-old Lisa was carried in a funeral cortege from her home at Drumerdagh to St Eunan's Cathedral, in Letterkenny.

The prayers followed a weekend of sympathy for her family after baby Lisa's death in her garden on Friday evening.

Fr Eamon Kelly, administrator at St Eunan's, said the tragedy affected the entire community. "All we can do is rally around the family and friends affected and pray, comfort and talk to them to help them get through this as best they can," he said.

Gardai described Lisa's death as a terrible accident -- her 34-year-old father, Adrian, reversed the car around the side of the house unaware his daughter, who only started walking two weeks ago, was in the garden.

Lisa's grandfather, Paddy Maguire, told how he was playing with her less than half-an-hour before she was struck by the car on Friday.

Paddy, who lives in Letterkenny, said: "She was a wee angel. It's a terrible loss."

Lisa's four-year-old brother Conor was playing with the children next door when the accident happened at their home at Drumerdagh, Letterkenny.

Lisa's dad, a computer operator with a local company, went to move his car on his own property at the side of the house.

Neighbours said as Mr Gallagher was reversing his car, he was unaware the child had suddenly re-entered the yard.

Lisa was brought home for a wake from Letterkenny General Hospital after a post mortem examination on Saturday.

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