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Trainor family plunged into grief after their 'gorgeous little girl' Ella dies in car crash

By Cate McCurry

Published 11/01/2016

Ella Trainor who died in a road accident
Ella Trainor who died in a road accident
Ella with her parents Marty and Susan and older sister Aoife
Ella Trainor at a play park
The scene of the fatal accident

A six-year-old girl who died in a car crash near Newry at the weekend has been described as a "gorgeous little girl".

Tributes to little Ella Trainor have been pouring in after she died in a collision on Saturday morning.

Ella, from Hilltown, Co Down, was a backseat passenger with her mother Susan in a Volkswagen car that was involved in a collision with a Seat car and a tractor at around 9.55am.

The St Patrick's Primary School Hilltown pupil, who had just returned to school on Thursday after the Christmas holidays, is the daughter of Marty and Susan Trainor and younger sister to Aoife.

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

Ella was taken to Daisy Hill Hospital by ambulance but died a short time later from her injuries.

Two women, aged 24 and 42 - including Ella's mother - were also rushed to hospital for treatment to injuries not believed to be life-threatening.

It is understood the little girl's mum was still recovering in hospital yesterday.

Marty Trainor, who is manager of Cranwood Industries in Warrenpoint, is involved with the Warrenpoint Gaelic Football Club.

The club postponed its registration day, which had been due to take place yesterday, out of respect for the family.

In a statement on its Facebook page, the club said: "The registration day has been postponed owing to the very sad death of Ella Trainor, aged six, daughter of Minor Football Mentor Marty Trainor (Blond).

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Marty, Susan and the entire family circle at this very sad time. God rest Ella's gentle soul."

SDLP MP for the area Margaret Ritchie visited the family home yesterday.

"The family are very upset," she said.

"It's all such a shock for them, they have lost their daughter. They are going through a traumatic experience.

"The untimely death of any individual is always sad, but the death of a child so soon after the Christmas period is particularly poignant.

"My deepest sympathies lie with the parents, family and relatives of this child.

"There is no doubt that the local community will support this family in their grief and bereavement. The whole community of the local family will hold this family in their warm embrace.

"My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this sad time, and I want to convey my best wishes to the injured for a speedy recovery."

Sinn Fein councillor for the area, Michael Ruane, who knows Mr Trainor, said: "Martin and his wife Susan are originally from Warrenpoint and he would still help out in the local football club. There's a real sense of loss in the area and people are devastated for the family. This is a deeply tragic incident.

"On a personal basis and on behalf of the entire community, I want to send heartfelt condolences to Martin, Susan and the entire family circle.

"It's just disbelief and it's so close into the new year and we are only in the second weekend and to already lose somebody in a road accident and especially a child is really hard for people to take in."

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