The funerals took place yesterday of father and daughter Anthony and Nadine O’Brien, who died together in a house fire in Tralee last Saturday.
They were buried in a single large coffin in Rath cemetery after requiem Mass at St Brendan’s Church, Tralee.
The Mass heard tributes to the pair.
Nadine’s mother Kelly O’Brien, wife of Anthony, spoke from a wheelchair because of injuries sustained in jumping from the burning house. “Anthony, my hero. What am I going to do now? Until we meet again, I’ll never stop loving you.”
Anthony’s younger sister Sarah spoke movingly of how she and her siblings had been comforted by Anthony when the four of them were reared in care homes. Nadine always wanted to be a princess, she said, and now she was an angel.
Chief celebrant Fr Patsy Lynch said Anthony had given his life trying to save Nadine when the flames engulfed their home at Killeen Heights. The photo placed on the coffin showed Nadine, 5, and her father, 30, wrapped in each others arms. “She is still in these arms in the coffin,” he said.
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