CLOSE friends of Lisa Cash have shared how their hearts are “completely shattered” by their tragic death and asked them to “make sure the twins are safe up there”.
In their deep sorrow, friends of the 18-year-old Tallaght teenager said at the funeral of her and younger siblings Chelsea and Christy today that Lisa is “the mama” of their group and they “don’t know how they could do this without her” .
“We had so many plans for the future, but at least we had memories of what we did together,” said a friend.
The “beautiful, caring, big sister” had adored Chelsea and Christy, her eight-year-old twin brother and sister. She was always with them and never stopped talking about them and their mother and Mikey.
“They were her whole life,” it said at the funeral.
“Three young lives have been cut short, let’s not think about how they died, but how they lived.”
Hundreds of mourners turned out to say goodbye to Lisa, 18, and her brother and sister, twins Chelsea and Christy, who died in an attack at their home in Tallaght last weekend.
The 14-year-old brother of three children was hailed as a hero for his bravery at their funeral.
“Your bravery and strength in sounding the alarm, going out and getting help is an inspiration of courage and love,” said Mikey the main celebrant of the Mass, Father Paul O’Driscoll, Chaplain of the Dublin Traveling Community.
Heartbroken in her grief, Margaret, her mother, came to church wearing a T-shirt with a picture of her beloved children that read, “My three angels.”
She was flanked by family and friends wearing a similar t-shirt that read, “Our Three Angels.”
The small church in Brookfield was unable to accommodate all of the mourners, so crowds spilled onto the grass and stood in silence.
Symbols of the beautiful and all too short lives of the three children were brought to the altar.
A collection of Elvis Presley albums and biographies was released for Lisa – who had ‘really enjoyed his music’, as well as a book for learner drivers commemorating her efforts to pass her test.
A football and football gloves were brought in for Christy, while a custom pillow and teddy bear were brought in for Chelsea.
The President was greeted by his aide, Lt. Stephen Howard, represented during the Taoiseach by his aide, Cpt. Neil Dunne, was represented.
Superintendent Ian Mackey of Tallaght Garda Station represented the Gardaí.
Father O’Driscoll said at the funeral that “uncertainty is the gateway to mystery” but that “great suffering and great love are the two universal paths to transformation”.
“Sudden and catastrophic crises shatter our illusions of normalcy,” he said.
But he reminded her that we are not alone when the unexpected happens.
“When the unexpected happens during a community crisis, we are not alone. We are friends and neighbors and are all experiencing the same break in reality. Without words, we all have the same question: ‘How did this happen?’”
A green sports car was parked in the churchyard as a tribute to Christy’s great love of cars.
During last night’s parade, hundreds more came to pay their respects. Outside was a multitude of floral tributes with pictures of the children.
One posted by Lisa and her late father, Andy Cash, read, “Back with my dad.”
Another of the twins Christy and Chelsea, whose father Billy Cawley has also passed away, read: “Back with our daddy.”
The siblings’ brother Andy Cash, 24, has been charged with the murder of the three siblings at their home in the early hours of Sunday morning.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/our-three-angels-heartbreaking-scenes-at-funeral-of-tragic-tallaght-siblings-christy-chelsea-and-lisa-41975443.html Heartbreaking scenes at the funeral of tragic siblings Christy, Chelsea and Lisa in Tallaght Dublin – ‘Back with our Daddy’