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‘Amy was a beautiful girl’


WARMLY REMEMBERED The Funeral Mass for Amy Gill took place yesterday (Monday) in Claremorris.

Sadness palpable at funeral in Claremorris of Amy Gill (23)

Michael Commins

THE Funeral Mass for Amy Gill (23) from Coolacht near Kiltimagh, who died in a road accident in Australia on Wednesday, February 6, was celebrated in St Colman’s Church, Claremorris, yesterday (Monday).
The sadness was palpable and the solemn silence of the large congregation mirrored the outpouring of grief at the loss of one so young and cherished by all who had the privilege of knowing her.
Fr Peter Gannon, PP, who was chief celebrant at the Mass, said the hearts of all went out to the Gill family circle and friends.
“This has been the most difficult two weeks in the parish we have witnessed for a long time. Words can never relay the depth of grief of the family and friends and community.
“Not alone is there a numb feeling but there can also be a feeling of being cheated and being robbed of a beautiful life. On behalf of us all we express our deepest sympathy to family relatives, neighbours and friends,” he said.
Fr Peter said Amy’s young life was at an exciting stage after moving to Australia like many of her friends and cousins. She had many friends whom she cherished in such a special way.
“One of her special friends Jack has come all the way from Vietnam. Catherine Langan, one of her closest friends and who was injured in the accident in Australia, has sent a special message for the Mass today.
“We want to thank all the family and cousins but, in a special way, we want to express deepest respects to her cousins Michelle and Tracey Byrne (Cloonfaughna, Knock). Girls, you are special beyond words. What you both did and had to do in Australia and the dignified way you identified and arranged everything was just beyond belief,” said Fr Gannon.
“The people of Barnacarroll, Claremorris and Kiltimagh and further afield have rallied around you as best they can and supported you in many great ways but they only wish to God that we could change everything right now for you.
“Amy was a beautiful girl in every respect of that word. Her life, far too short, gave pleasure and brought blessings to so many people, most especially her parents (John and Ann) and all the family. She was loved everywhere she went and she brought a quality to life through her warmth and personality.
“Tragic death is like a black-out, one minute the sun is shining and the next it is dark night. In the space of a minute our whole words can be turned upside down. Nothing can prepare us for something like this,” Fr Gannon told the congregation.
The offertory gifs brought to the altar at the start of the Mass were a photo of Amy and her beloved dog, a concert ticket reflecting her love for all kinds of music, her passport in recognition of her love of travelling and a book as a symbol of her fondness for reading.
The letter from Catherine Langan (Bohola) was read by Lyndsey Gill (cousin) at the end of the Mass. She said she was so privileged to have Amy as her best friend. “We had so many good memories. We shared a great interest in travel and we enjoyed many trips to Belgium, Amsterdam, Spain and Portugal and other places. Amy was like part of me. She will be dearly missed by more than words can say.”
A separate message on behalf of Amy’s sisters was read by Leanne Gill. It included special thanks to everyone at the Kevin Bell Repatriation Foundation, all who supported the Bring Amy Home GoFundMe campaign, family, friends and neighbours, and many others.
“Amy was a ‘typical Mayo girl’ who loved going to Mayo games with her father and enjoyed summers working on the bog with the family. Harry Potter was her favourite series and she loved fashion. She was the best sister we could wish for and always there ready to help. Amy, we love you and will never forget you, we were so lucky to have those 23 years together,” they said.
Interment took place in the Gill family plot in Barnacarroll cemetery.
Amy is deeply regretted by her parents John and Anne Gill (nee Groonell), sisters Emma and Megan and half brother Jonathan, her grandmother Mary Gill, aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family and friends.