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Lucy was our joy, our lives - grieving parents BEAUTIFUL: Lucy Dunbar

THE funeral of the little girl killed by a mystery bug has heard how she was "idolised" by her parents and big brothers.

Tragic Lucy Aisling Dunbar was remembered as a five-year-old who loved her life, her friends and her family.

Mourners who gathered at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Camolin, Co Wexford, yesterday were told of the void left behind. Fr Joe Kavanagh said: "We are devastated for the family, her friends, the congregation. Lucy was idolised by her parents Catherine and George and her brothers Sean (17) and Eamonn (10).

"She brought so much joy to the family being an only daughter and sister. She was the light in her daddy and mammy and her brothers' world. The light has gone but her star will keep on shining."

Little Lucy died in her sleep overnight on Friday. She'd had a slight temperature in the day, but had recovered and had her birthday party with her friends.

She was fine when her dad checked in on her at 11pm. Her brother Sean went to wake her the next morning, and with the help of emergency services on the phone, gave her CPR.

Doctors who examined Lucy in Dublin said she died of a rare bacterial infection, so rare they don't even have a name for it.

Lucy's mother Catherine spoke lovingly of her daughter, saying: "We, her parents, idolised her. She brought so much joy and happiness. She was our wealth, our lives, our joy, our hearts. We couldn't believe that she belonged to us. She was just so beautiful."

A guard of honour was provided by pupils from the local national school which Lucy attended as she was laid to rest in the adjoining graveyard, over the wall from the family home.

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