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Heaven needed very special angel: Mum pays heartbreaking tribute at funeral of baby who died from suspected heatstroke

By Ralph Riegel

A seven month old girl who died in a freak accident in Tipperary was carried to the altar for her Mass of the Angels by her heartbroken father.

The tiny white coffin of Chloe Fogarty was carried to the altar of St Nicholas Church in Solohead, Co Tipperary by her distraught father, Paul.

The coffin was gently placed before the altar where Mr Fogarty was comforted by Parish Priest Fr John Morris before 11.30am Mass.

Chloe's mother, Louise, then paid an emotional tribute to her little girl saying she had to go because "Heaven needed a very special angel."

"Chloe, our beautiful darling angel," she said.

We loved you so much and you had so much love to give.

"I cannot believe we are all here today - almost two years ago Paul and I were married here. Just a few months ago we celebrated your christening. We were the happiest parents when you came along on September 30.

"This day, eight months ago, you were on your way into this world. You would be eight months old tomorrow.

"You were the most precious person in our lives - our beautiful, happy Chloe. You always had a smile on your face for everyone you met. You knew how to put a smile on everyone else's face too.

Chloe you switched on a happiness in us that we never knew we had.

"We never took any day for granted with you - each day was bright with you in it," she said.

Chloe was discovered unresponsive state in a parked car in Dundrum, Co Tipperary shortly after 1pm last Thursday. Despite being rushed by air ambulance to University Hospital Limerick, doctors were unable to save the infant.

Thursday was the hottest day of the summer so far in Ireland.

Almost 500 mourners packed St Nicholas' Church on Monday for a funeral which Fr Morris said was one of the saddest in the church's 150 year history.

"Sometimes there are no words. Tears are the most eloquent," he said.

The Offertory Gifts included Chloe's two favourite teddies, a book of nursery rhymes and a combined Tipperary-Limerick jersey in tribute to where the little girl hailed from.

The mourners were led by Chloe's parents, Paul and Louise, her grandparents Helen and Christy McInerney as well Mai and Joe Fogarty.

Also present were colleagues of Mr Fogarty from O'Dwyer Steel, work friends of Mrs Fogarty, members of Kilfeacle-Golden GAA club where Mr Fogarty plays hurling and members of Tipperary community associations.

Gardai are preparing a file for the coroner on Chloe's tragic death. The incident is being treated as a tragic accident.

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