Mother and baby ‘will have each other in heaven’

Mourners at the funeral of a young mother-to-be killed in a road crash on Monday night heard how her injured husband held her hand as she lay in a hospital bed after the tragedy.

Mary Enright (Walsh), 28, was due to give birth to her first child in about six weeks’ time but instead was yesterday buried with her baby daughter Mollie after a funeral Mass in Abbeyside, Dungarvan, attended by a huge crowd of family and friends.

Guards of honour were provided by members of the Abbeyside and Ballinacourty GAA clubs, as well as the Waterford ladies’ football team.

The offertory gifts included club and inter-county jerseys, reflecting Mary and her family’s deep involvement in the GAA.

Prayers were said at her funeral Mass for the family of Robert Stoker, who was buried yesterday in Cork.

Mary’s husband, Pat Enright suffered serious hand injuries in the crash but was able to attend yesterday’s funeral Mass, celebrated by his uncle Fr Michael Enright.

Situated overlooking Dungarvan Bay, the venue for the Mass was St Augustine’s Church in Abbeyside, where Mary and Pat got married last year.

“Less than a year married, they looked forward to so much,” Fr Enright said in his homily, adding that Pat had moved jobs so he could be closer to Mary and the baby. “Unfortunately it didn’t work out that way.”

He said that at the hospital in Clonmel on the morning after the crash, Pat held his wife’s hand as she lay in a bed beside him and Mary’s father David came to see them. “Pa said, ‘sorry, I should have been driving’,” Fr Enright said, but the response from his father-in-law at the time was: “You were the best thing that ever happened to Mary.”

They didn’t know whether the baby would be a boy or a girl until after the crash that killed both Mary and the child. Pat was one of three boys and his own father was one of six, according to Fr Enright.

“The fact that it was a girl was a great consolation and a great joy.”

Pat was glad, he said, that his wife and daughter “will have each other in heaven”.

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