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Warm tributes as teen road victim Hannah Molloy laid to rest

By Donna Deeney

Hundreds of mourners packed St Patrick's Church in Castlederg to bid a final farewell to Hannah Molloy (18), who was described as "the life and soul of the party" by the priest celebrating Requiem Mass.

Scores of Hannah's young friends sat in the pews weeping for the teenager who lost her life in a road crash just outside the village last Saturday.

Students from Sacred Heart and Loreto colleges provided a guard of honour in the pouring rain as the coffin bearing the remains of their friend and former classmate were carried into the church.

Parish Priest Father Colm O'Doherty comforted Hannah's grief-stricken family - father Gerard, mother Sharon and brother Kieran, reminding them that Hannah will always be with them in spirit.

He said: "Hannah's greatest love was her family and our thoughts are with Gerard, Sharon and Kieran as you present your darling daughter and sister to the Lord at the end of her life just as you presented her in faith on the day of her baptism. Her life was so complete because of you. You gave her the encouragement, the challenges and the wisdom of experience to allow her to become the person that she became.

"She did not waste the opportunities that were presented to her because of the support you gave her on life's journey. You loved her and she loved you, and although she cannot be with you any longer in person she will also be with you in spirit."

Fr O'Doherty told the congregation that it was quite understandable for them to think Hannah's funeral appeared so unfair when she had her whole life ahead of her.

He said: "Whenever a young life comes to an end unexpectedly it is a very human reaction to ask the question: why?

"The question is implying that Hannah had much more business to attend to and now was not the right time for her to be taken.

"However, these past few days of the gathering at the Molloy home and listening to all the conversation of the memories of Hannah made it very obvious to me that she had certainly packed in so much in her short years and her life was a testament to that.

"The collage of pictures in her room and around her coffin, the beautiful sentiments posted on social media show how much she was loved and thought of by her friends from her school years, from work, from further afield.

"She certainly was the life and soul of the party wherever that was taking place."

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