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Georgia was light of our lives, say parents of Co Kildare girl who died in pool tragedy

By Kathy Armstrong

The parents of a young Irish girl who died in a swimming pool tragedy in Spain last month have described her as "our own tiny Wonder Woman" and said they are devastated by her loss.

Mourners attending the funeral of Georgia Anne Callan (4) tomorrow have been asked to dress cheerfully and wear bright colours in honour of her "sparkling personality".

Her parents said she was the light of their lives and they want to pay tribute to her with colour and sequins.

Georgia, who was living in Ardclough in Co Kildare, was enjoying a holiday in Marbella with family members when the tragic accident happened on July 28.

It is understood she drowned in a pool located in a private villa being used by her family.

Her parents Emeline Callan and Jacqueline Russell said: "Georgia was our own tiny Wonder Woman. A happy, playful, brave, gentle and funny girl, she loved nothing more than making new friends and wearing princess dresses everywhere.

"She sought beauty, goodness and fun wherever she was.

"She brought immense joy to our lives and to the lives of everyone who knew her. We love her deeply. We will miss her more than we can say. We are devastated by her loss.

"We would like to thank the police, medical staff and the Irish Embassy staff for their professionalism, support and care. We appreciate their help."

Local media reported that emergency services received a call at around 10.30am.

Georgia had been taken from the pool but was unresponsive.

Despite the best efforts of medics, she passed away.

A notice posted on website RIP.ie said that Georgia is "cherished" by her parents, grandparents and extended family and friends.

It said: "Georgia was the light of ours and many other lives...

"We would appreciate, where possible, that you dress cheerfully in a way that would delight the spirit we hold of Georgia in our hearts."

Her family has said that "while flowers are certainly welcome in the spirit of joy that Georgia brought us all", they are asking people to support their two chosen charities at this difficult time - As I Am, an autism charity, and the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust.

Her funeral will take place at Newlands Cross Crematorium in Co Kildare tomorrow afternoon.

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