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Sisters killed in house fire laid to rest together

THE heartbroken sister of two women killed in house fire choked back tears as she paid tribute at their funeral.

Mum-of-one Jody (28) and mum-of-three Anngeline (27) Brogan died as they slept at their home in Letterkenny while a fire took hold.

Friends carried simple yellow roses and wore t-shirts with photographs of the two sisters in their memory.

Their sister Natasha spoke briefly at the end of Requiem Mass at St Columba's Church in the hamlet of Drumoghill, 6km from Letterkenny.

She said they would be remembered for their sense of humour.

"We will miss all your laughter and your jokes," Natasha said. "You were amazing sisters, daughters, mothers, aunties and friends."

CRUEL

During the Mass the chief celebrant Fr Brian Quinn, who visited the scene of the fire in Ceannan View last Friday, said the young women had died "cruel" deaths.

But he asked mourners to remember how the young women touched so many lives.

"I ask you today to remember Jody and Anngie in your own lives. Remember them as a daughter, a sister, a mother and a friend," he said. "Remember them as people who made a difference. Remember them not in the absolute hell of the house fire in Ceannan View but as they are now in heaven in peace and joy," he said.

The priest said the "light of the festive season" had been blurred by the tragedy.

"There are no sets of words or indeed answers to the many questions that you have and that we all have in our thoughts at this moment except why Jody and Anngie?" said Fr Quinn.

"The unfairness of it all, how cruel life can be and now so many memories left behind."

"Jody and Anngie's sudden deaths are once again a reminder of the fierce and final experience that death is," he added. "The ones we cared about are gone from our sight, the pain of loss is so real and makes the future uncertain."

PRAYERS

Fr Quinn asked mourners to pray for the young women's parents Frankie and Mary and for their brothers and sisters Frankie, Conor, Christopher, Natasha, Kirsty and Orla.

The sisters were laid to rest together in the adjoining graveyard. Letterkenny Mayor Pascal Blake urged friends of the women to seek professional counselling to deal with the grief of the tragedy.

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