Three gen­er­a­tions laid to rest

Irish Examiner - - News - Keith Bourke

Three gen­er­a­tions of the same fam­ily killed in a car crash in Co Mayo on Mon­day were buried yes­ter­day amid heart­break­ing scenes.

Three gen­er­a­tions of the same fam­ily killed in a car crash in Co Mayo on Mon­day were buried yes­ter­day amid heart­break­ing scenes.

Seven-year-old Sean Wil­son McG­lynn, his mother Mar­cella Wil­son, and grand­mother Mary Ann Wil­son were killed when their car was in col­li­sion with a truck on the N17 near Clare­mor­ris.

Hun­dreds of mourn­ers packed into St Joseph’s Church in Bing­ham­stown. Three coffins framed the al­tar, with Sean’s white cof­fin placed in the cen­tre be­tween that of his mother and grand­mother.

“No words will meet the re­al­ity of the an­guish suf­fered by the be­reaved,” said chief cel­e­brant Fr Kevin He­garty. He urged the con­gre­ga­tion to sup­port Mar­cella’s other chil­dren Amy, Kelly and An­thony and the Wil­son and McG­lynn fam­i­lies on a “dark jour­ney”.

Fr He­garty said the com­mu­nity was shat­tered when news emerged on Mon­day of the ter­ri­ble tragedy that had oc­curred.

“In this foot­ball-ob­sessed county, we were look­ing for­ward to the All-Ire­land Fi­nal, Mayo flags flut­tered out­side most houses, shop win­dows were sprin­kled in the green and red ... then the grim hap­pen­ing on the Clare­mor­ris/ Gal­way junc­tion put the search for the Holy Grail of Sam Maguire into per­spec­tive.

“When word be­gan to fil­ter through the com­mu­nity, that three mem­bers of the Wil­son fam­ily span­ning three gen­er­a­tions had been killed in an ac­ci­dent. It seemed as if an eerie si­lence de­scended on our com­mu­nity,” he said.

Fr He­garty said Mary Ann Wil­son, a wife, mother, grand­mother, and great­grand­mother, was some­one who had “moth­er­hood at the core of her be­ing”.

He re­mem­bered her daugh­ter Mar­cella as be­ing full of “life and laugh­ter” dur­ing her school days and said that she would have re­joiced at her 16-year old daugh­ter Amy’s Ju­nior Cert re­sults on Wed­nes­day.

Fr He­garty said Sean was a lit­tle boy who was full of “life, en­ergy, and dev­il­ment”.

Mar­cella’s el­dest daugh­ter Amy bravely ad­dressed the con­gre­ga­tion.

She said her granny could light up a room and that she and the fam­ily wanted Sean to know “that we will al­ways love him and he will be in our hearts and minds un­til we meet again”.

Amy said that her mother was her “best friend and rock” and her “hero”.

The three fam­ily mem­bers were buried in Cross Ceme­tery a short dis­tance away.

The fu­neral pro­ces­sion stopped briefly at the Wil­son home be­fore con­tin­u­ing its jour­ney.

Pic­ture: Conor McKe­own

The cortege of the crash vic­tims.

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