Funeral hears day of Carrickmines fire 'will forever be remembered as a horrific and tragic day'

Funeral hears day of Carrickmines fire 'will forever be remembered as a horrific and tragic day'
Mourners arrive at the Church of the Holy Redeemer in Bray, Co. Wicklow, for the funeral mass. Pic: PA

The funerals of five victims of the Carrickmines fire have taken place in Co Wicklow.

A message from Pope Francis was read out at the requiem mass in which the pontiff expressed his "deep sadness over the terrible tragedy".

Willie Lynch, his partner Tara Gilbert; their children Jodie and Kelsey; and Willie’s brother Jimmy have now been laid to rest in Bray this afternoon.

Five hearses carried the coffins of 25-year-old Willie Lynch; his 27-year-old partner Tara Gilbert - who was pregnant at the time of her death; their two girls four-year-old Kelsey and nine-year-old Jodie; and Willie’s brother, 39-year-old Jimmy to the Church of the most Holy Redeemer in Bray.

Large crowds lined the streets to pay their final respects.

The coffins arrive at the Church of the Holy Redeemer in Bray, Co. Wicklow, for the funeral mass of Jimmy Lynch and of Willie Lynch and Tara Gilbert, and their children Jodie and Kelsey, who died in the Carrickmines blaze. Pic: PA
The coffins arrive at the Church of the Holy Redeemer in Bray, Co. Wicklow, for the funeral mass of Jimmy Lynch and of Willie Lynch and Tara Gilbert, and their children Jodie and Kelsey, who died in the Carrickmines blaze. Pic: PA

Fr Derek Farrell said Ireland was rocked by the tragedy.

Fr Farrell said: "The 10th of October, 2015, will forever be remembered as a horrific and tragic day in the history of our country."

The Lynch’s were remembered as a loving family and Fr Farrell said Willie had described Tara and the children as "his three girls" and they each meant the world to him.

Funeral hears day of Carrickmines fire 'will forever be remembered as a horrific and tragic day'

At the end of the mass, A letter from Pope Francis was read out by Bishop Eamon Walsh.

The letter, read towards the end of the service, stated: “Pope Francis, having learned of the horrific fire in Carrickmines, expresses his deep sadness over this terrible tragedy.

“The Holy Father prays especially for those who have died, and he wishes to assure all their family members, their friends, and the whole Traveller community, of his spiritual closeness and sympathy at this very difficult time.”

The five are now being laid to rest in Springfield Cemetery and the funerals of the Connors family will take place in Dublin on Thursday ahead of burial in Wexford on Friday.

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