Wednesday 23 October 2019

Fire tragedy family to be buried in Wexford

A Garda looks at flowers laid in memory of those who died in the Carrickmines fire tragedy
A Garda looks at flowers laid in memory of those who died in the Carrickmines fire tragedy

David tucker

Five of the 10 victims of the Carrickmines fire tragedy are to be buried at Crosstown Cemetery in Wexford close to the graves of other family members.

Thomas and Sylvia Connors, aged 27 and 25 respectively, and their children Jim, aged 5, Christy, aged two, and six-month-old Mary will be going to Bride Street Church for their Requiem Masses, the date of which have still not been set because of the difficulty in identifying their remains.

Only one their children survived. Five-year-old Michael Connors was staying with his grandparents nearby when the fire erupted.

The tragic couple have 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.

A cousin of the family who travelled to Sandyford from Wexford on Sunday with other members of the town-based Connors' family to offer their support, said DNA samples had been taken from relatives yesterday (Monday) to aid the identification process.

'Things were very bad when I was there, it is a terrible nightmare, a terrible, terrible thing to happen. We don't yet know when the funerals will be, but they will be buried at Crosstown,' she told this newspaper.

'I wouldn't say it will be this week, but we just don't know.'

The other people killed in the tragedy were Willie Lynch and Tara Gilbert and daughters Kelsey and Jodie, from Bray, who were visiting halting site when the fire erupted in a prefab and 39-year-old Jimmy Lynch, a brother of Willie.

A senior fire officer said the horrific blaze was the worst tragedy of its kind he had ever seen in Dublin.

Denis Keeley, assistant chief fire officer with Dublin Fire Brigade said the fire in the early hours of Saturday was 'at the extreme end' of anything he had dealt with in his career.

He said fire crews faced a very difficult and extensive fire scene.

'The circumstances were horrific and there were some very distraught family members and friends at the scene,' he said.

The families lived at the encampment off the Glenamuck Road, just south of the M50 motorway and a few miles from Sandyford village, for about eight years. Taoiseach Enda Kenny, who visited the site of the tragedy, has extended his condolences and those of the Irish people to the families of the victims. The cause of the blaze is still being investigated.

Wexford People

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