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Hearbreak as Little Ella Trainor laid to rest

By Cate McCurry

Mourners at the funeral of a six-year-old girl killed in a car crash were yesterday told the death had devastated her family.

More than 800 people who attended the funeral of Ella Trainor, from Hilltown, Co Down, heard the little girl described as "a beautiful, bright, bouncy child".

Canon John Kearney told mourners at St John the Evangelist in Ballymaghery that when a child dies in an accident "it simply beggars understanding".

"This church over the years of its history has seen many sad and tragic funerals, but few can have been as profoundly sad and sorrowful as the funeral that gathers us here for Ella," he added.

"The death of a child in any circumstances is an occasion of great sorrow, but a death that is the result of an accident simply beggars our understanding.

"For Ella's parents and her family, it may take years, it may take a lifetime. We are here as their neighbours and friends as they take their first painful steps along that road.

"In the words of the principal of her school, Miss Lawless, she was a beautiful, bright, bouncy child and those around her were happy. She was happy too.

"She loved everything about school life. To put it simply, she loved life, as any other little girl of her age would do.

"She played with her dolls and teddy bears. She loved animals, wanted to be a vet. She swam and played football for Clonduff, even though her parents came from Warrenpoint. She was a Clonduff girl.

"What a life she had, and her only six. She crowded so much in the few short years that she was with us. You - Marty, her father, Susan, her mother, and Aoife (her sister), who was a second mother to her - enabled her to be the lovely child that she was. It is understandable that your hearts are broken, losing your child at six years of age."

Canon Kearney also paid tribute to the emergency services who attended the scene of the fatal accident and the medical staff at Daisy Hill Hospital for their "care and professionalism".

"The staff and pupils of St Patrick's Primary School, I can understand you are very sad, but Ella would want us to live on," he added.

Ella was a backseat passenger with her mother in a car that was involved in a collision with another vehicle and a tractor on Saturday.

The St Patrick's Primary School pupil had just returned to classes after the Christmas holidays.

She and her mother were travelling from their home in Carquillan when the accident happened between Mayobridge and Newry.

The little girl was taken to Daisy Hill Hospital by ambulance but died a short time later.

Ella's mother and another woman aged 24 were also taken to hospital for treatment.

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