Amy’s tear­ful trib­ute to brother Seán: ‘I will al­ways love him’

Irish Daily Mail - - News - By Tom Shiel news@dai­ly­mail.ie

A 16-YEAR-OLD girl who lost her lit­tle brother and two other mem­bers of her fam­ily in a road ac­ci­dent has said she will ‘al­ways love him’.

Amy Wil­son paid a heart­break­ing trib­ute to sev­enyear-old Seán Wil­son McG­lynn at the triple fu­neral in St Joseph’s Church in Bing­ham­stown, near Bel­mul­let, Co. Mayo, yes­ter­day.

Seán had been trav­el­ling on the N17 Gal­way to Sligo road south of Clare­mor­ris with his mother Mar­cella Wil­son and grand­mother Mary Ann Wil­son when their car was in col­li­sion with a truck on Mon­day.

A tear­ful Amy, who re­ceived her Ju­nior Cer­tifi­cate re­sults this week, ad­dressed the over­flow con­gre­ga­tion.

‘I lost my granny, my lit­tle brother and my mum,’ she said. ‘I just want Seán, the baby of the house, to know we will al­ways love him and he will be in our hearts and minds for­ever.’

Speak­ing on be­half of Seán’s fa­ther, An­thony McG­lynn, Michael Gal­lagher said An­thony wanted to ex­press his deep and en­dur­ing sor­row for the loss of three peo­ple very dear to him.

He also wanted to ex­press his grat­i­tude to the thou­sands who at­tended the re­moval and fu­ner­als as well as those who as­sisted at the scene of the tragic ac­ci­dent.

Par­al­lel to the al­tar rested two brown coffins con­tain­ing the re­mains of Mary Ann Wil­son and her daugh­ter, Mar­cella. Each cof­fin car­ried a pho­to­graph.

At a right an­gle to the two coffins was seven-year-old Seán’s white cas­ket, adorned by his own pho­to­graph and his beloved Paw Pa­trol teddy bear

Be­fore the Mass, the si­lence in the church was bro­ken by sob­bing when Mary Ann’s heart­bro­ken hus­band Joe ap­proached the coffins and kissed each photo in turn. Fa­ther Kevin He­garty, as­sisted by six co-cel­e­brants, presided over the fu­neral Mass. In a homily last­ing 16 min­utes, Fr He­garty said no words – not even a multi-vol­umed Ox­ford Dic­tio­nary – could de­scribe the an­guish of the be­reaved fam­i­lies.

Pledg­ing his sup­port for those af­fected, he said the Wil­sons had en­riched the lives of those who knew them and loved them. Mary Ann, he said, had been a wife, mother, grand­mother and great grand­mother. ‘Moth­er­hood was at the core of her be­ing. She knew the lan­guage of love and she ex­pressed it elo­quently in the way she lived.’

Of Mar­cella Wil­son, Fr He­garty said the sin­gle mother-of-four had been full of life and laugh­ter when he knew her as a stu­dent.

‘She had her per­sonal dif­fi­cul­ties but she con­fronted them with courage, grace and dig­nity,’ he said.

De­scrib­ing Seán, the cler­gy­man said he had been full of life, en­ergy and ‘divil­ment’.

As Fr He­garty spoke, gen­tle autumnal sun­shine shafted through the stained glass win­dows and the al­tar sky­light of the thronged church.

The priest called on the com­mu­nity to sup­port Mar­cella’s other chil­dren – Amy, Kelly and An­thony – to give them the kind of life their mother pas­sion­ately wanted for them.

On their way to Cross Ceme­tery in Bel­mul­let, where the three ac­ci­dent vic­tims were laid to rest, the three fu­neral hearses stopped briefly at the Wil­son fam­ily home in a touch­ing ‘farewell’ be­fore re­sum­ing their jour­ney.

‘She knew the lan­guage of love’

Tragedy: The cas­ket of Seán Wil­son McG­lynn

Jour­ney: The pro­ces­sion goes to Cross Cemetary in Bel­mul­let

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