‘A smile that made her endearing to everyone’ – tribute to Alice Dunleavy, 4, who died in a trailer park tragedy

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Four-year-old Alice Dunleavy was remembered as a “human dynamo” who squeezed “every last drop of joy and happiness” out of life.

he little girl from Ballina, Co. Mayo, tragically died after being hit by a car last Friday while playing at a trailer park in Enniscrone, Co. Sligo.

Her funeral service heard that her death was the realization of every parent’s worst nightmare.

Her heartbroken parents John and Ann Marie and sisters Rose and April Dunleavy were joined by hundreds of family and friends who packed St Muredach’s Cathedral in Ballina to say a final goodbye to the beloved little girl.

Father Gerry O’Hora described Alice as “a bright, intelligent, and curious child.”

He said her tragic death devastated her family and brought a dark cloud over the community.

“The worst fear of every parent for their child was realized by you, John and Ann Marie, with Alice’s death.

“Today we gather to mourn the loss of Alice. We weep over the death of a daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece and cousin.”

Father O’Hora said Alice’s death raised many unanswerable questions for all who loved her.

“If only we knew the answers to the questions that naturally arise in our hearts and minds at times like these.

“Why did our beautiful daughter’s life have to be cut short at the age of four? Why did this happen to us?” he said.

Father O’Hora said that there was no adequate explanation for her family’s loss of Alice.

“No answer can explain the pain of being separated from your child.

“And we’re not here today to answer those questions, even if we could. We are here to mourn. To mourn and entrust Alice to God’s care. And to ask God to help us, her family, especially Ann Marie and John, in dealing with the death of their daughter.

“I know that Alice holds a special place in your affections and in the affections of everyone she has touched.”

P. O’Hora described Alice as a child who was “always challenging herself to keep up with her sister Rose, who was two years older.”

“Like many four-year-olds, she was full of questions about everything in the world.

“Because she saw everything like four-year-olds do, like it’s the first time.

“She was filled with wonder, which fueled her questions and her great zest for life.”

Alice was remembered as a “brave child” who “seized every moment and squeezed out every last drop of joy and happiness”.

“She was a human dynamo, packing so much into her four years of life, and [she] left so many precious moments and precious memories.

“And an exuberant child. I think she always had a smile on her face.”

He said she had a smile that lit up the lives of everyone who knew and loved her.

“A smile that endeared her to everyone who crossed her path.

“You can see that smile in the photo of her on the coffin. That warm smile was magnetic,” said the priest.

He said she was a “love magnet” who brought out the best in her parents and enriched their lives and the lives of all their relatives with her presence.

“And she was always so much herself, which made her charming and unique. She was able to hold her own.

“And that’s why her death is so heartbreaking, because she was a promising child who had so much more to give.

“And there were so many more experiences that her parents would have loved to share with her in the years to come.

“The little ones have direct access to God’s kingdom of heaven.

“And we can say with confidence that Alice went straight to heaven.”

Father O’Hora said no matter how strong your faith, “You still have to grieve as you come to terms with the reality of the physical separation from Alice.”

“Know in your sorrow today that you have a saint in heaven. Hold onto that hope, that promise of God that you’ll see her again.

“And allow your tears to wash away the pain in the days and months to come as you miss her and as she prays for you from where she is now.

“Her time with us was a graceful time and while her departure is painful, it enriched the lives of everyone who came into contact with her. She was a real sweetheart.”

https://www.independent.ie/news/a-smile-that-endeared-her-to-everyone-tributes-paid-to-alice-dunleavy-4-who-died-in-caravan-park-tragedy-41898334.html ‘A smile that made her endearing to everyone’ – tribute to Alice Dunleavy, 4, who died in a trailer park tragedy

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