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Songs, poems and prayers at memorial to remember 'beautiful' Emma

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Caroline Sloan pictured handing a petition with over 115,000 signatures, calling for wider availability of Epi-Pens  to Minister for Health Leo Varadkar  at the Dept of Health

Caroline Sloan pictured handing a petition with over 115,000 signatures, calling for wider availability of Epi-Pens to Minister for Health Leo Varadkar at the Dept of Health

Caroline Sloan pictured handing a petition with over 115,000 signatures, calling for wider availability of Epi-Pens to Minister for Health Leo Varadkar at the Dept of Health

A memorial service for tragic schoolgirl Emma Sloan will be held in her local church on Thursday afternoon.

Classmates and pupils of Our Lady of Mercy secondary school in Drimnagh will gather at the Church of Our Lady of Good Counsel on the Mourne Road to remember the vivacious 14-year-old with songs, poems and prayers.

Somewhere Only We Know, the Keane song which was a hit for Lily Allen, has special meaning for her friends' memories of Emma and will be sung as part of the tribute to the girl who would have sat her Junior Cert exams with her school pals last June.

Emma's mother Caroline and grandmother Veronica Sloan (83) will attend along with Emma's sisters Amy (20) and Mia (3) and several other relatives.

The grieving grandmother, a long time resident of Drimnagh, has been deeply affected by Emma's sudden death.

"She is heartbroken by what happened to Emma. She has been ill and has been very upset," said Caroline.

Caroline's sister Susan has also been badly hit by the tragedy as she and Emma were very close, she added.

Caroline said another tragic milestone will be January 28 next when Emma would have celebrated her 16th birthday.

The family are still devastated as they face into the second Christmas and another birthday without Emma, she said.

Emma's funeral also took place at the Church of Our Lady of Good Counsel and cremation took place at Mount Jerome.

Prior to the funeral, the family had requested that donations, in lieu of flowers, be made instead to Temple Street Children's Hospital.

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There was widespread sadness at the death of the schoolgirl just a few days before last Christmas.

Her school principal, Margaret Maher, said afterwards: "All of our students are very upset. She was so loved."

One of the people who had witnessed the appalling tragedy unfold as Emma died on O'Connell Street was a shop security guard.

Mujahid Najeebhun, who worked on security at Clarkes shoe shop on the street, had told the Herald shortly after the tragedy: "I saw the girl lying on the ground.

"She was in the recovery position and there was something coming out of her mouth. Then people noticed she wasn't breathing.

"A woman was shouting, 'My daughter is dying'.

"The people saw the fire brigade at the traffic lights and they were shouting at them to hurry up. They came and began giving her CPR. I'm so sad that the girl died."

Also, the owner of Jimmy Chung's Chinese buffet restaurant, Mr Tony Shek, told this newspaper at the time that he and the staff of the restaurant were very sad to learn of the tragedy.

aokeeffe@herald.ie


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