Tributes paid to nine-year-old crash victim

PINK and white roses were held by family and classmates of young Michaela Logan who was killed in Monday night’s single-vehicle crash near Edgeworthstown, Co Longford.

Hundreds of mourners gathered in Kilcock, Co Kildare, yesterday for nine-year-old Michaela’s funeral. Written tributes to the schoolgirl adorned the porch of St Choca’s Church where the emotional ceremony took place.

Addressing the congregation, the Kilcock and Newtown Parish Priest Fr PJ Byrne said the funeral service was an opportunity to offer “perfect peace” to Michaela before members of her family placed gifts including a Dolly Parton album, a recorder and a family portrait as well as her favourite toy, a Bratz doll, on her pink coffin.

Fighting back tears, Michaela’s aunt, Stephanie Logan, recalled how the girl she described as “the best little thing” loved to play Dolly Parton’s Nine to Five on a CD player in the living room of her house, singing along at the top of her voice with her mother Michelle.

Michaela’s remains were taken to the Logan family grave in St Joseph’s Cemetery, Kilcock, for burial after the funeral service.

The removal of Michaela’s six-year-old friend, Ava Carberry-Varden, who also died in the crash, took place last night from St Joseph’s Hospital in Longford to St Mel’s Cathedral, Longford.

She will be buried today at Tuam Cemetery following funeral Mass at noon.

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