“These flowers taught me that life goes on”: Mom opens the sunflower maze Field of Hope in memory of her tragic family

As Geraldine Mullan marks the second anniversary of the death of her beloved husband and their two children, she invites people to visit a spectacular sunflower maze she has planted in her memory.

he Field of Hope that she opened to the public yesterday is now in full bloom.

A sea of ​​yellow stretches far and wide along the shores of Lough Foyle in Co Donegal, near where Mrs Mullan lost loved ones.

On that day two years ago, her life changed forever in a split second when the car she was traveling in with her husband John and children Tomás, 14, and six-year-old Amelia went off the road and into Lough Foyle , a bay of Lough Foyle, entering the Atlantic, near the village of Quigley’s Point in north Co Donegal.

Mrs Mullan was the sole survivor on that fateful night when a storm battered the Inishowen Peninsula.

Since her death, the widow – a clinical nurse at Letter-kenny Hospital – has been active in her local community to honor the lives of her loved ones.

When her friend Catherine Carlin approached her with the idea of ​​a field of sunflowers, it was a hit with the grieving mother, as sunflowers were her daughter Amelia’s favorite flowers.

Mrs. Carlin’s father, John McCarron, a local farmer, donated his field at Quigley’s Point to the project. After planting thousands of seeds spelling out the word “hope” a few months ago, it is now a sight to behold.

And Ms Mullan would like to point out that the project would not have come to fruition without the help of friends and the local community who have worked tirelessly on site.

“I realized that alone I can do so little, but together we can achieve so much. I’m all alone, but I have the community behind me and they support me,” she said.

By a fateful coincidence, it was local Kevin Barr – one of the Coast Guard members sent to the tragic scene two years ago – who introduced Ms Mullan to his sister-in-law, Catherine Carlin.

Over a cup of tea at Mrs Mullan’s house, her friend’s vision of a swaying field of sunflowers came to life.

“I was on my own journey watching the sunflowers and working in the fields,” said Ms. Mullan. “These flowers taught me that life goes on. Working with the floor brought me back to memories of John and the children.

“I don’t have a green thumb and I think I had help from my three.”

And she thinks her husband John, who ran a garden center in the nearby town of Moville and was able to grow anything, would be impressed. “I think he would be proud of his wife. That brought me closer to John because I know what he’s been doing all these years. As for Tomás and Amelia, if I close my eyes I can picture Amelia running through the maze with Tomás giving his mother a thumbs up,” she said.

Ms Mullan hopes people will walk through the Sunflower Maze and feel the hope and love these flowers have brought into their lives. “I’ve been on a journey since August 20, 2020 – the journey I’ve been on has changed – but this journey of hope helps me put one foot in front of the other. It helps me keep running for John, Tomás and Amelia as much as I can.”

The Field of Hope is open to the public today and tomorrow from 12pm to 5pm. People are being asked to make a donation, with all proceeds going to the Mullan Hope Center in Moville, which Geraldine Mullan founded to serve the local community.

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/these-flowers-have-taught-me-that-life-goes-on-mum-opens-field-of-hope-sunflower-maze-in-memory-of-her-tragic-family-41924591.html “These flowers taught me that life goes on”: Mom opens the sunflower maze Field of Hope in memory of her tragic family

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