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Their journey almost at an end: Five members of Connors family to be laid to rest

Thomas and Sylvia Connors and their three children Jim (5), Christy (3) and baby Mary (5 months) will be laid to rest today.

The remains of the three Connors children are taken from the church.
The remains of the three Connors children are taken from the church.
Image: Sam Boal

THOMAS AND SYLVIA Connors and their three children Jim (5), Christy (3) and baby Mary (5 months), who died in the Carrickmines halting site tragedy, will be laid to rest today in Wexford following prayers at Bride Street church in the town.

Five hearses brought the remains from Balally in south Dublin following yesterday’s funeral.

A prayer service will be held at the church at midday, followed by burial at Crosstown Cemetery – back across the bridge from the town, on the north bank of the Slaney River.

A group of six priests – including clergy who presided over the baptisms of the Connors children – concelebrated yesterday’s mass alongside Fr Derek Farrell of the Parish of the Travelling People.

Representatives of the Taoiseach and the President were also present at yesterday’s service.

“An earthquake of devastating grief” had struck on the Glenamuck Road in Carrickmines on 10 October, Fr Farrell told the congregation yesterday, adding that “a tsunami of grief” had only begun for the members of the Connors, Lynch and Gilbert families.

Four-year-old Tom Connors, who lost his parents and three siblings in the tragedy, was released from hospital on Wednesday – the day of the removal. He and his brother Michael (5) – who was unharmed - will now be cared for by their grandparents.

The funeral service for Willie Lynch, his partner Tara Gilbert, and their two children Jodie (9) and Kelsey (4) took place in Bray, Co Wicklow, on Tuesday. Willie’s brother Jimmy Lynch (39) was also laid to rest following that ceremony.

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