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Funeral for Dublin blaze horror family

By Ed Carty

Traveller culture and traditions will stand by those mourning the deaths of a pregnant mother, her daughter and the toddler's two cousins in a fire, a priest has said.

Annmarie O'Brien (27) had already named unborn baby AJ when she perished beside her two-year-old daughter Hannah Paris in an apartment in Clondalkin, Dublin, last Wednesday. The toddler's cousins Holly (3) and Jordan(4) also died.

Their mother Biddy O'Brien, who is gravely ill in hospital after being rescued, had brought her children to visit Annmarie in the Cluainin Cronan apartments, which houses women who have escaped domestic violence.

Hundreds of mourners packed St Anne's in Shankill, Co Dublin, for the funeral Mass. Parish priest Fr John O'Connor said no words of his could soften the blow of the tragedy.

"As Travellers you are also part of a very strong and noble tradition and your culture will stand by you and give you strength and courage in these difficult times," he said.

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