Alan­nah is laid to rest in Red­ford


Bray People - - FRONT PAGE - By MARY FOG­A­RTY

BABY Alan­nah was laid to rest in Grey­stones last Fri­day af­ter­noon, over a week since her re­mains were found in Bray.

Over 100 mourn­ers at­tended the ec­u­meni­cal cer­e­mony which was led by Mon­signor Enda Lloyd and Rev Alan Breen.

The baby’s re­mains were found by work­ers at Green­star re­cy­cling cen­tre at Fas­saroe on the morn­ing of Wed­nes­day, May 4. A num­ber of em­ploy­ees of the fa­cil­ity at­tended the burial.

A sin­gle white dove was re­leased fol­low­ing prayers at Alan­nah’s grave.

IN a sim­ple cer­e­mony that lasted less than 10 min­utes, more than 100 peo­ple gath­ered at Red­ford ceme­tery in Grey­stones to say farewell to Baby Alan­nah last Fri­day.

They stood qui­etly in the sun­light, en­sur­ing that the in­fant would not be laid to rest with out some­one to bear wit­ness to the fact that she had lived, if only for a short time.

Through­out the week­end, many more peo­ple made their way to her grave to leave a to­ken and say a prayer.

‘In the face of death, all hu­man wis­dom fails,’ Mon­signor Enda Lloyd of the Holy Redeemer in Bray told the peo­ple gath­ered at the grave side.

He was joined in prayer by Rev­erend Alan Breen of St Pa­trick’s Church in Grey­stones.

‘Even in our great sor­row at the loss of this child, our baby Alan­nah, we be­lieve that she surely does wake eter­nally.’

Sev­eral times he called her ‘ours’ and there was a feel­ing among those present that, in the ab­sence of a mother and fa­ther, she be­longs to the com­mu­nity.

For those lis­ten­ing around the coun­try, and for the baby’s peo­ple, Fr Lloyd prayed that ‘ those weighed down by grief at the loss of our lit­tle Alan­nah, may find re­as­sur­ance in God’s in­fi­nite good­ness.’

The baby’s re­mains were found at the Green­star re­cy­cling fa­cil­ity in Bray nine days prior to her burial, on Wed­nes­day, May 4. Mem­bers of Green­star’s staff were among the mourn­ers present in Grey­stones last Fri­day at mid­day.

Be­side them, mem­bers of the pub­lic stood united in grief for the un­known baby girl. ‘It’s just so very sad,’ said one woman.

Garda De­clan Lynch and Sergeant Sor­cha Fitz­patrick care­fully car­ried the white cas­ket from the hearse to her fi­nal rest­ing place.

Some chil­dren came along with their par­ents and placed toys and flow­ers on Alan­nah’s grave, try­ing to make sense of such tragedy. Oth­ers de­liv­ered gifts to Mur­phy’s Fu­neral Direc­tors in Bray, to be brought to Red­ford.

Peo­ple wept openly while the two min­is­ters said prayers for the lit­tle girl.

Mem­bers of An Garda Síochana joined oth­ers at the cer­e­mony, fore­go­ing uni­form for civil­ian dress as they said a per­sonal good­bye.

They ar­ranged the cer­e­mony, with un­der­tak­ers, florists, clergy and oth­ers gen­er­ously of­fer­ing their ser­vices to play a part in en­sur­ing Alan­nah, our ‘dear­est child’ had a fi­nal rest­ing place and fit­ting burial.

Four vis­i­bly stricken mem­bers of the Green­star work­force had the bur­den of low­er­ing Alan­nah’s tiny cof­fin into the plot, be­fore a sin­gle white dove was re­leased and flew over­head.

Af­ter the cer­e­mony, Su­per­in­ten­dent Pat Ward said that the in­ves­ti­ga­tion will re­main open un­til it can be brought to its fur­thest con­clu­sion. ‘We are go­ing to keep in­ves­ti­gat­ing un­til we can get to the truth of it,’ he said. ‘ The pri­or­ity is for mum, to make sure she is okay.’

Supt Ward said that there are no leads at this time which may iden­tify Alan­nah’s mother. ‘ To get to the bot­tom of the mys­tery, mum will solve that if she does come for­ward. Ir­re­spec­tive of that, we will con­tinue our en­quiries, purely from the point of view of get­ting to the truth of the mat­ter.’

He said that the mother has noth­ing to fear from him.

‘I think she can be as­sured that all arms of the ad­min­is­tra­tion of jus­tice whether it be the gar­daí, the courts, the child and fam­ily agency, ev­ery­body in­volved will look at this com­pas­sion­ately. I don’t think she has any­thing to fear. I can’t speak for all arms of the jus­tice sys­tem but cer­tainly from our point of view she has noth­ing to fear from me. She can con­tact me di­rectly and I’ll han­dle the mat­ter as sen­si­tively as I can.

‘I am very grate­ful to Rev­erend Breen and Mon­signor Lloyd for con­duct­ing the cer­e­mony,’ said Supt Ward. He agreed that it was mov­ing to see so many come to the burial. ‘In all hon­esty I ex­pected maybe a dozen peo­ple to be here to­day. I think it’s great that the lo­cal com­mu­nity did come. Apart from those who turned out, there were a lot of other peo­ple who con­trib­uted to the cer­e­mony.’

Bray Garda Sta­tion can be con­tacted on (01) 66653300. The garda con­fi­den­tial line is 1800 666 111.

A helpline for the child and fam­ily agency has been set up and can be reached on (076) 6958400.

The baby girl’s fi­nal jour­ney.

Gar­daí carry the tiny cof­fin from the hearse at Red­ford Ceme­tery.

HOME: Flow­ers and ted­dies left on baby Alan­nah’s grave. LEFT: Mark Kin­sella of Thomas Mur­phy and Sons un­der­tak­ers re­leases a dove.

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