Gallagher sister, 15, had planned new life abroad after Erin’s death

Tragic Shannon Gallagher had planned to start a new life in Scotland after her sister Erin took her own life.

Shannon, 15, who was found dead on Dec 12 in Donegal, had agreed to the move to start a new life.

Grandad Seamus revealed how he asked Shannon to move to Scotland to start a fresh life with him after Erin’s tragedy.

The fourth-year pupil at Finn Valley College in Stranorlar wanted to finish her Leaving Certificate first.

Seamus said he was heartbroken that he never got to give Shannon a second chance. “I spoke to her about it and she said she wanted to finish her Leaving Cert first and then come over,” he said.

“We all know Shannon was sports-mad and she told me she wanted to become a PE teacher. I live only 20 minutes from a college in Scotland and Shannon said she would come over and try and start afresh over there.

“It’s just so sad that she couldn’t see that she had so much to live for.”

Erin took her life amid claims she was being bullied at school and online.

The girls’ devastated mum believes Shannon took her life because she couldn’t continue without her sister and best friend. “Part of her already died when Erin died and she just couldn’t go on,” said Lorraine Gallagher.

Lorraine is concentrating on making Christmas as normal as possible for her other child, Sean James, 4.

“Sean was the light of the girl’s lives. I don’t know how I am going to celebrate Christmas and, to be honest, it means nothing to me now,” she said.

“But I need to make sure that Sean James has the best ever Christmas.

“He knows Erin is dead but I haven’t told him about Shannon — it’s too much for him. I will tell him in time but I just have to get over Christmas first.”


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