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Grieving son lays both parents to rest in space of a week

By Emily Moulton

For the second time in less than a week James Scallon carried the coffin of one of his parents.

The heartbroken student was a pallbearer at the funeral of his mother Pauline in Fermanagh yesterday. It comes just days after the funeral of his father Killian.

The well-respected couple died following a carbon monoxide leak at their Irvinestown home.

Grief-stricken James showed enormous strength as he once again carried the coffin of one of his parents to their final resting place.

James and his sister Laura were earlier joined by hundreds of mourners who gathered at the Sacred Heart Church in Irvinestown to pay their last respects to their mother, who lost her battle for life on Tuesday.

She had been in the intensive care unit at the Royal Victoria Hospital after being found unconscious in her home last Wednesday.

Among those saying their goodbyes to the former teacher at Elmbrook Special School was Eurovision Song Contest winner Dana, an aunt of Killian.

The tragic deaths of the happy couple have plunged the close-knit Irvinestown community into grief.

Mr Scallon, who was aged in his 50s, was a highly-respected estate agent and popular businessman. Around 1,000 people gathered for his funeral last Saturday.

During yesterday’s service, Fr Kevin Scallon, the late Mr Scallon’s uncle, told mourners that even though the couple had been taken away, they had raised two wonderful children in James and Laura.

He also paid tribute to Pauline describing her as a “good neighbour, perfect mother and gracious person”.

“She could bring a smile to a child who could never smile and could make a child who never laughed, laugh,” he added.

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