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Tears for little girl who died at camogie game

A TOY rabbit, a Tipperary jersey, a souvenir of the Olympic Games and model dogs, just some symbols of the short but happy life of Emily Wilson who passed away at the weekend

Tears flowed freely in the Church of the Sacred Heart in Gortnahoe, Co Tipperary, yesterday as heartbroken couple Caitriona Clutterbuck and Nick Wilson said goodbye to their only child.



The tragic 10-year-old collapsed and died while preparing for a camogie match on the local GAA ground on Saturday.

The tokens of her life were brought to the altar at the beginning of the funeral Mass while the end was marked by an emotionally-charged rendition of the hymn, Queen Of The May, led by Emily's mother, poet and academic Caitriona, whose powerful, melodic voice rang around the church and drew a sustained round of applause from mourners.

Described as "a ball of energy," Emily packed much into her life before her sudden death and her burial in the Good Shepherd Cemetery after her funeral Mass.

She loved camogie and GAA and had a poster of the 2010 All-Ireland winning Tipperary team on her wall.

Her love of reading was symbolised by a brief reading by Fr Larry O'Keeffe from The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis.

Her passion for dogs by the dog-related collage made at the school. School friends fought back tears as they formed a guard of honour for Emily's white coffin.

Delivering the homily, Fr Joe Walsh said Emily had "so many beautiful gifts which she shared and used, but in a quiet, humble way," and was "so happy" in fourth class at the local school.

"She was what you could call, at home."

She also had a glint in her eye, he said. "She loved a little bit of fun, a joke, a prank, and especially a good old laugh. She loved nothing more. Because of her personality, she made many friends."