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Heartbreak as car crash baby Martin is buried

The grief-stricken parents of the five-month-old boy who died in a car crash on Sunday laid him to rest today amid heartbreaking scenes.

Little Martin Corcoran, from Ballinasloe, Co Galway, was killed when a family shopping trip turned to tragedy on the Athlone bypass.

"RIP our beautiful son Martin. Mummy and Daddy and big sister Isabelle love you so much," his parents Martin and Elizabeth wrote on their Facebook page ahead of the funeral.

"You will always be our beautiful boy, an angel in our hearts xxxxx.


"We will never ever stop thinking of you. Sleep peaceful our little champ. Love you forever and always."

Little Martin was in a baby seat in the back of the car beside his three-year-old sister Isabelle.

Martin Snr was driving, while his wife was in the passenger seat.

The car veered off the road, possibly on black ice, and crashed into a barrier beside the hard shoulder.

A passing crew from an Order of Malta ambulance stopped to help.

However, despite their frantic efforts to revive him at the scene, the baby's injuries proved fatal.

Isabelle was slightly injured in the crash, but is expected to make a full recovery.

The children's parents were unharmed.

No other vehicle was involved in the tragedy, which happened in the early afternoon.

On his death notice, the Corcorans left a poignant verse in memory of their baby son.

"God saw you baby Martin getting tired, and a cure not to be, so he wrapped his arms around you and whispered 'come to me'," it read.

"With tearful eyes as your Mummy and Daddy watched and saw you pass away. And although we love you dearly nobody could make you stay.

"A golden heart stopped beating when he gave you rest. God's garden must be beautiful. He only takes the best."

Little Martin's coffin was taken to St Michael's Church in Ballinasloe where a Mass of the Angels was held at noon.

His remains were then taken to the local Creagh cemetery for burial.