The first of three funerals for the victims of a road crash at Rathdowney on July 12, took place last Wednesday for Angela Kelly, 35, in the Church of the Holy Trinity, Rathdowney.
The sunlit church was packed with neighbours and friends, young and old, including the bereaved families of Martin Brophy and Orla Curry, in support of Angela’s daughter Shannon, her parents Paul and Gillian, her sisters Maria, Catriona and Amanda, brother Anthony and her nieces and nephews who held pink roses.
Parish Priest Fr Martin Delaney was assisted by Fr Sylvanus Attoh and Fr Noel Maher, PP of Aghaboe, and Rector Richard Seymour Whiteley.
Fr Delaney described Angela as “a ray of light”.
“She was a woman with the ability to brighten up every room. She was an athlete who loved to be fit and the first out on the dance floor,” he said.
He offered words of comfort to Angela’s teenage daughter Shannon, who bravely performed the offertory with her cousin Jamie, 16, the only survivor of the horrific crash.
Fr Delaney noted the ‘dream catcher’ at Angela’s coffin, which she had given to Shannon to help her sleep.
“It is a symbol of your mother’s love and protection. Our hearts go out to you. Our hope and prayer is your mum will now be in a better place to catch your dreams and guide you as you grow up,” he said.
He consoled her family.
“This community has been engulfed in sadness for you, and for the Curry and Brophy families. We have struggled to reach out to you. Our frustration is that we cannot protect you from the effects of this awful moment, but we wholeheartedly offer our support,” Fr Delaney said.
Angela’s uncle Graham read a poem, and her twin sister Amanda gave a eulogy.
“It’s great to know that on her very last night, she was boogying on the dance floor. Twinie as we fondly called her, meant the world to me. She was always there for me. She had a great bubbly personality. She always put other people first and herself second. The best daughter, sister, mother, cousin, aunt that anyone could ask for. You always had a smile on your face. May you rest in peace,” she said.
Her cousin Sharon thanked everyone for support, and blessed the emergency services. Helen and Margaret Creagh played guitar and sang throughout the mass. Fr Delaney finished by reading ‘The Runner’s Prayer’.
“Angela, Twinie, this run is done. You finished the race earlier than you planned. May you find peace. May you rest in that peace, forever in the arms of the angels,” he said.
The final heartbreaking hymn was ‘In the Arms of the Angels’ sung by Angela’s friend Annmarie Delaney.
Angela was laid to rest in Bealady Cemetery.