Poignant trib­utes to fam­ily killed in hor­ror crash

Irish Independent - - NEWS - Ian Be­g­ley

HUN­DREDS of mourn­ers wept as the daugh­ter of crash vic­tim Mar­cella Wil­son placed her Ju­nior Cert re­sults on her mother’s cof­fin.

More than 300 peo­ple packed into St Joseph’s Church, Bing­ham­stown, Co Mayo, to bid farewell to three mem­bers of the same fam­ily, killed in a road traf­fic ac­ci­dent ear­lier this week.

The vic­tims of the hor­rific tragedy were Mar­cella Wil­son (40s), her son Seán (7), and her mother Mary Ann (70s).

Lit­tle Seán’s white cof­fin was po­si­tioned in the mid­dle. A small, blue plush dog lay on top.

Rev Kevin He­garty ac­knowl­edged how Mar­cella “would have re­joiced” – but she never got to see her daugh­ter Kelly (14) re­ceive her exam re­sults. When the fam­ily pre­sented items in re­mem­brance of their loved ones, Kelly placed her re­sults on top of her mum’s cof­fin.

Amy (16), Mar­cella’s el­dest daugh­ter, spoke of her brother’s “lovely per­son­al­ity”.

“Seán was the baby of the house and for­ever will be. I just want him to know that we’ll al­ways love him.” She also de­scribed her mum, who was re­cov­er­ing from can­cer, as her “best friend” and “rock”.

“Mum’s health also went down­hill, but she would al­ways try and hide it.

“Mum, I’m just happy you’re not in pain any­more.” The teenager also de­scribed her grand­mother’s sense of hu­mour and abil­ity to light up a room. Rev He­garty said no words could ex­press the re­al­ity of the an­guish suf­fered by the fam­ily. “A tragedy of this pro­por­tion makes all of us ques­tion the ex­is­tence of God – why do bad things hap­pen to good peo­ple? “There are no ges­tures or pow­ers that could soothe the pain in­flicted on you, but we want you to know that we want to jour­ney with you in sol­i­dar­ity” he said.

Michael Gal­lagher, the broth­erin-law of Seán’s fa­ther An­thony McG­lynn, said: “This week be­gan of Seánie dream­ing of Mayo men walk­ing into the Ho­gan Stand and hoist­ing the Sam Maguire.

“He wanted to see the sun in the sky when the green and red fi­nally reached the promised land.

“Well now, Seán has reached the promised land be­fore any of the rest of us. When­ever a Mayo man walks up the steps and col­lects the big basin and lifts it to­wards the heav­ens, Seán Martin Wil­son McG­lynn, will be danc­ing in the sky.”

The fu­neral cortege at Bing­ham­stown in Co Mayo; in­set left, Mary Ann and Mar­cella Wil­son; be­low right, a photo of Sean Wil­son be­side his cof­fin in the hearse. Pho­tos: Gerry Mooney

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