Belfast Telegraph

Funeral for crash tragedy children

Two little sisters killed when a car ploughed in to their buggy have been remembered as saints in heaven.

Hundreds of mourners gathered for the Mass of the Angels for two-year-old Kate Gilmore and her 12-week-old sister, Grace.

Pink ribbons were worn by family and friends in memory of the girls, who died in a horrific car crash on the outskirts of their home town of Tuam, Co Galway, on Sunday.

In his homily, Father Martin Gleeson told the Church of the Sacred Heart in Belclare that the sisters were saints in heaven.

He said their grief-stricken parents John and Michelle Gilmore, who were married in the same church four years ago, were courageous in carrying the heavy cross they have to bear.

"John and Michelle had two children to put to bed on Saturday night and they were left with two corpses on Sunday," said Fr Gleeson.

"That's the sad reality."

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star was played at the end of the service, which was co-celebrated by the Archbishop of Tuam, Dr Michael Neary. The youngsters were later buried nearby in Killower Cemetery.

Kate and Grace were out for an afternoon stroll with their father when the accident happened on the hard shoulder of the N17.

Flowers, teddy bears and candles have been left at the scene of the crash, while books of condolence for Kate and Grace remain open at Tuam town council and in the city at County Buildings on Prospect Hill.


From Belfast Telegraph