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Tears as tragic crash tot buried in white coffin


The Corcoran family

The Corcoran family

The Corcoran family

Teddy bears, balloons and flowers surrounded the tiny white coffin of Martin Corcoran, the five-month-old baby who tragically lost his life in a car crash on Sunday.

His parents Martin and Elizabeth paid an emotional farewell to their "little man" telling him "Rest in peace, angel".

The couple and their three-year-old daughter Isabelle were joined by friends and family yesterday as they gathered for the funeral of baby Martin at St Michael's Church in Ballinasloe, Co Galway.

The heartbroken couple broke down as they read a tribute to their little boy, describing him as their little man who was now an angel.


Mum Elizabeth received applause from the congregation as she read a poem for her baby boy.

"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', with tearful eyes as we watched and saw you pass away.

"And although we love you dearly couldn't make you stay.

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

"Rest in peace our angel, rest in peace our little man. We love you so much love," she added.

A tiny Arsenal kit and a Mickey Mouse balloon were among the gifts placed on the little white coffin during the ceremony.

Sarah McLachan's Angel was played as the heartbroken couple cradled their son's coffin and wept.

The song was played once again at the end of the mass as the couple carried their daughter Isabelle over to say farewell to her baby brother.

The couple wept as the local priest described the child as a spark who never got to turn into a flame.

He told the couple there would be times of "great silence and confusion" but prayed they would come to trust in God.

Prayers were said for all families who had lost a child with special prayers for Martin, Elizabeth and Isabelle.

Relatives of the couple asked God to "soothe the hearts of his mummy and daddy and sister Isabelle. Give them hope in their hearts and be close to them".

The little boy lost his life after the family car was involved in a crash on Sunday.


The family-of-four had been making their way to Dublin when their Renault Laguna went out of control after it skidded on black ice and slammed into a crash barrier on the N6 Athlone by-pass.

The side of the car took the brunt of the impact. The crew of a passing Order of Malta ambulance tried to resuscitate the baby until an ambulance arrived, when he was then rushed Portiuncula Hospital.

His older sister Isabelle was also injured and was treated at the same hospital before being released.

Gardai are appealing for any witnesses to the crash to contact Athlone Garda Station on 090 - 6498550, the Garda Confidential Telephone line 1800 666 111 or any garda station.