Carndonagh fire victim laid to rest

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The tragic Carndonagh woman who died in a house fire had a ‘very ‘difficult life’’ with ‘many ‘crosses laid on her shoulders’’, mourners at her funeral were told.

At the packed-out funeral of Elizabeth McLaughlin nee Loftus, held at The Sacred Heart Church in Carndonagh on Friday, Parish Priest Father Con McLaughlin told parishioners Liz, as she was affectionately known, had a hard life.

He said while he didn’t personally know the mum-of-five from speaking to her family it wasn’t hard to gather she had a difficult life, with her own mum dying when she was very young.

Fr McLaughlin said: ““Today we’re coming here to a mass for the soul of Liz McLaughlin.

“”I personally didn’t know Liz but from talking to the family I began to pick up a picture of someone who had a very, very difficult life - her mother died when she was young, somehow or other I have get this idea of a cross being laid on her shoulders .

”For some the cross seems to be easy for others it is most difficult and we respond in our own way as best we can in our own situation we try and cope.

“For this particular family death and tragedy has visited them many times and just the other day it came to visit Liz as well.

“Suddenly and unexpectedly she was taken from this world. Now as the family today come to terms with the loss of someone that they loved, they try to makes sense of it all.”

Fr McLaughlin said Ms McLaughlin’s very tragic and sudden death had rocked the community.

He added: “”We offer our deepest sympathy to all her family, friends and relations.

“”We pray that having had so many crosses in life Liz is now at peace forever.

“”We pray for the extended relatives and friends who are trying to come to terms with the shock, pain, emptiness and loss.”

The 50-year-old died at her home, Clos Padraig, Carndonagh, on New Years Eve morning.

Fr McLaughlin said Mrs McLaughlin’s funeral was the second to be celebrated at the Carndonagh church on Friday, as Carn man John Gallagher, who died at the age of 76 after a long illness, was laid to rest earlier that morning.