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Five-year-old victim of Donegal blast laid to rest with her dad

The youngest victim of the explosion at County Donegal’s petrol station was described as “a radiant beacon light, happiness and joy”.

Shauna Flanagan Garwe, five years old, died in the arms her father Robert (50). They were accompanied side-by-side into St Michael’s Church in Creeslough by their coffins.

Shauna was looking for a birthday cake to gift her mother Aine. However, a suspected gas explosion demolished a large portion of the building leaving 10 people dead .

Image of Family members who have lost a loved one at the Creeslough funeral

Shauna was loved by Father John Joe Duffy, he told mourners


“She was a beautiful girl with amazing coats and shiny shoes. Her pencil case had her mirror, and other bits so she could look her best.

“A truly amazing girl, who made a lasting impression on everyone she met.” She was a shining beacon of light, happiness, and joy.

Image: Shauna Flanagan Garwe, five
Image: Robert Garwe. 50

Some members of Mr Garwe’s extended family had traveled from Zimbabwe to Ireland, where there have been 10 funerals in five days.

Two teenage girls from the same college, a mother with her son and a young woman who was making her mark in design, were among those who lost their lives.

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After the funeral of the youngest victim in the County Donegal explosion at a service station, the President of Ireland spoke.

President Michael D Higgins of Ireland, the head of state, spent the majority of his week in the region.

He stated that “In small communities, where there are such close relationships and people have intimate knowledge about families and circumstances, it’s not a single family or individual that is affected by a tragedy like this. It is the entire community.”

A twelve-year-old tells mourners to remember their families

Although they have buried their loved ones, life in this remote area of Ireland will never be the exact same.

This unimaginable tragedy has forever changed the landscape of a place that is renowned for its beauty.

Ten lives were lost in an instant in a small coastal village of 400 inhabitants.

Hamish O’Flaherty (12), at the funeral for his father James, summarised their loss and deep appreciation of the fragility life.

He said, “Be grateful for the people you love and cherish them.” You won’t always be with them so make the most of the time you do have.

“Be grateful for your life, it won’t last forever. But be thankful for the fact that you will be able to rest after all your hard work.


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