Trainor family's heartache as funeral held for little Ella
The funeral for six-year-old Ella Trainor, who was killed in a car crash near Newry at the weekend, has taken place.
Ella, from Hilltown, Co Down, was a backseat passenger with her mother Susan in a Volkswagen car that was involved in the fatal collision with a Seat car and a tractor on Saturday.
Following her death, she was described as a "gorgeous little girl".
The St Patrick's Primary School Hilltown pupil, who had just returned to school after the Christmas holidays, is the daughter of Marty and Susan Trainor and younger sister to Aoife.
On Wednesday Ella made the final journey from her home to St John the Evangelist, Ballymaghery in Hilltown for noon mass before burial at the church's cemetery.
An estimated 800 people attended the funeral.
Canon John Kearney told mourners: "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 today for Ella.
"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."
He continued: "Ella was a lovely child.
"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, come to think of it, 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 and Barney the dog could do no wrong.
"She swam and played football for Clonduff, even though her parents came from Warrenpoint, and her father was deeply involved in St Peter’s, but not Ella she was a Clonduff girl.
"What a life she had, and her only six years of age."
Ella and her mother were travelling from their home in Carquillan when the accident happened between Mayobridge and Newry.
She was rushed 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.
Marty Trainor, who is manager of Cranwood Industries in Warrenpoint, is involved with the Warrenpoint Gaelic Football Club.
In a statement on its Facebook page, the club said: "Our thoughts and prayers are with Marty, Susan and the entire family circle at this very sad time. God rest Ella's gentle soul."
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."
SDLP MP for the area Margaret Ritchie added: "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."