A very special seat was blessed and unveiled in St Brigid’s Place housing estate in Portlaoise on Friday evening August 15.
The stone seat is in memory of Maria Green aged 5, who was killed by a passing van as she played outside her home last March 15.
It was donated by the residents of St Brigid’s, who have rallied around Maria’s family in support, since the tragedy.
“The bench will be a comfort, Instead of looking across the road at the scene of the accident, there will be something positive in my line of vision. I can’t wait for it to be there,” said Maria’s mother Amanda before the unveiling.
She said the community have been a huge source of support, the latest example being the bench which is donated by them.
“They have really rallied together,” she said.
Inscribed on the stone bench, made by Terry Swaine of Portlaoise Stone, is a poem about a daffodil, a very special flower symbolising the brightness of little Maria’s short life.
“At her funeral Fr Paddy said they bloom bright and leave us too soon. Maria was born in the spring, on February 7. We found out later the daffodil is the flower for that day. On the morning she died she picked me a bunch of daffodils and brought them in to me,” Amanda said.
She and her husband Stephen are continuing to push for safety measures planned for the estate, and are seeking a lower speed limit.
“Following the annual mass in the large estate, Fr Paddy Byrne blessed the seat.
Meanwhile, there was a great day last weekend in St Brigid’s Place when the community celebrated its annual family fun day. The sun broke through to make sure a great day was had by all.
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