The 14-year-old brother of the three children who died in the Tallaght tragedy was hailed as a hero for his bravery as their funeral began this morning.
Your courage and strength to sound the alarm, to go and get help is an inspiration of courage and love,” said Mikey, the main celebrant of the Mass, Father Paul O’Driscoll, who is Chaplain to the Dublin Traveling Community.
Hundreds of mourners turned out to say goodbye to Lisa Cash, 18, and her brother and sister, twins Chelsea and Christy, 8, who died in an attack at their home last weekend.
Heartbroken, 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”, along with a book for learner drivers.
A football and football gloves were brought in for Christy, while a custom pillow and teddy bear were brought in for Chelsea.
President Michael D. Higgins 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 mourners that we are not alone when the unexpected happens.
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.
A picture of Lisa and her late father Andy Cash captioned, “Back with my Daddy.”
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 murder at their home in the early hours of Sunday.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/back-with-our-daddy-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’