Fire victims to be laid to rest on Friday

By david Tucker

Published 20/10/2015 | 00:00

Mary Connors (left) - Carrickmines fire victim
Mary Connors (left) - Carrickmines fire victim
Thomas Connors (left) - Carrickmines fire victim

THE BURIAL of five of the 10 victims of the Carrickmines halting site fire tragedy will take place in Wexford on Friday.

The removal of Sylvia Connors, aged 25, Thomas Connors, aged 27, and their three children Jim, aged 5, Christy, aged two, and six-month-old Mary will be held at the Church of the Ascension of the Lord, Balally at 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

This will be followed by the funeral Mass on Thursday at 11.30 a.m., with it then proceeding to the Church of the Assumption, Bride Street, arriving around 5 p.m. where the remains will be received with prayers.

There will a service of commendation at 12 noon on Friday, attended by Bishop Denis Brennan, followed by burial at Crosstown, where members of the extended Connors family are buried.

Two of the tragic couple's children survived the fire. Five-year-old Michael Connors was staying with his grandparents nearby when the blaze erupted and Thomas, aged three, is still in hospital after suffering smoke inhalation.

The family have close relations within the extended Connors family in Wexford town. Thomas' grandfather is buried at Crosstown, as is a cousin, Michael Connors, who was killed in a motorcycle crash several years ago.

Wexford gardai said that because of the large number of mourners expected at the funerals, traffic management arrangements would be put in place.

They said the traffic plan was currently being drawn up and will be finalised tomorrow (Wednesday, October 21) following consultation with members of the Connors' family on the route of the funeral to the church on Thursday and from the church to Crosstown on Friday.

A cousin of the family who travelled to Sandyford from Wexford to be with other members of the family in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy said things were very bad when she was there.

'It is a terrible nightmare, a terrible, terrible thing to happen,' she told this newspaper.

The other five victims of the fire tragedy were being buried in Bray today (Tuesday, October 20).

The funeral of Tara Gilbert, Willy Lynch, Jimmy Lynch, and Jody And Kelsey Gilbert takes place at The Church of the Most Holy Redeemer in Bray at 12 noon followed by burial at Springfield Cemetery.

The Connors family lived on the site in Carrickmines, while the Lynch family and Tara Gilbert lived in Fassaroe, Bray.

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