The last of eight funerals for the ten people who died in the Creeslough tragedy will take place this morning.
The life of Obert Garwe and his daughter Shauna Flanagan Garwe will be celebrated at a funeral service at 11am this morning at St Michael’s Church in Creeslough. A private cremation will take place after the funeral service.
At just five years old, Shauna became the youngest person to die in the explosion that destroyed the local shop last Friday.
At yesterday’s funeral service for Hugh Kelly, 59, who also died in the tragedy, mourners heard Mr Kelly drive Shauna and her father Robert, 50, to the store to buy a cake for Shauna’s mother, Áine could.
Mr Kelly, who was recently told he was in remission following cancer treatment, was described by Rev. Father John Joe Duffy as a good neighbor and a man who “enjoyed life”.
In the past few days, tributes have poured out for Robert Garwe and Shauna.
Shauna had just started school while her father, who is originally from Zimbabwe, was working in construction. Her funeral has been postponed to allow time for Mr Garwe’s family members who have traveled from abroad.
Speaking to UTV, Shauna’s uncle, Killian Flanagan, described the love she and her father shared for one another.
“Everyone knew Shauna and everyone loved Shauna, she was with her dad all the time, they loved each other’s company,” he said.
“Shauna started school a few weeks ago, five years old, the most charming and beautiful girl.
“You can imagine the most mischievous, loveable five year old, think about it and multiply it by two – that was Shauna.”
Hundreds of people will again line the streets for today’s memorial service as devastated boroughs come to terms with the magnitude of the loss.
“Deeply missed by Áine, Taona, Gabriel, Darren, Tessa, Alex, Conrad and their extended families and many heartbroken friends,” the obituary reads.
Eight of those killed in the blast, the cause of which is still under investigation, were buried earlier this week.
The other victims were: Hugh Kelly (59), Jessica Gallagher (24), Martin McGill (49), James O’Flaherty (48), Catherine O’Donnell (39) and their 13-year-old son James Monaghan, Martina Martin ( 49) and 14-year-old Leona Harper.
Speaking at Hugh Kelly’s funeral yesterday, Rev. Father John Joe Duffy urged those affected by recent events to seek help.
“It is very important that you and I, and all those immediately and most affected by this tragedy, and all those outside of it, take advantage of the assistance that is being made available to us in the community and beyond.”
Comparing the toughness of rock to the softness of sand, Father Duffy said, “We are the sand and we need help.”
https://www.independent.ie/news/funeral-for-creeslough-victims-robert-garwe-50-and-shauna-flanagan-garwe-5-to-take-place-this-morning-42068736.html The funeral of Creeslough victims Robert Garwe, 50, and Shauna Flanagan Garwe, 5, will take place this morning