MOURNERS gathered at the Funeral of “sunny” Derry woman Siobhan Hutcheon have been told that her death has been “shattering blow” to her family.
There was a massive turnout for the Funeral Mass at the Sacred Heart Church in Muff, County Donegal this morning.
Hundreds of people followed the flower-laden coffin as it was carried the short journey under grey skies from Siobhan’s home in Ardmore Manor to the church.
One of the three young sons who were injured in the crash that claimed their mother’s life was allowed out of hospital to attend the funeral yesterday.
Siobhan (38) was killed in a car crash last Saturday as she took her children on a mini-break to their caravan in Donegal over the May Bank Holiday weekend.
The car she was driving was involved in a collision with a Bus Eireann coach on the main Derry to Letterkenny Road just outside Newtoncunningham.
Tearful relatives and close friends of the Derry woman led the funeral procession clutching yellow roses and a large picture of Siobhan as they arrived at the church to be met with hundreds more people waiting outside.
Children from St Columb’s College, where Siobhan and husband Warren’s 12-year-old son Callum goes to school, along with others from Hollybush Primary School, where their other sons Jake and Ben go to school, formed a guard of honour at the entrance to the chapel.
Seven priest from across the Derry Diocese- Fr John Farren, Fr Anthony Mailey, Fr Patrick McIntyre, Fr Frank Gallagher, Fr Colum Clerkin, Fr Seamus Kelly and Fr Michael McGavigan, concelebrated the Funeral Mass.
In his Homily, Fr Farren spoke of how the tragic events had impacted on Siobhan’s family and the wider community across the region.
He said: “The loss of Siobhan at such a young age is a shattering, devastating, heartbreaking blow for Warren, Callum, Jake and Ben, for her parents, siblings, extended family, friends and colleagues.
“Death is so unfair, so uncaring, so cruel. It is blind to the energetic, lively, funloving Siobhan that they knew and loved.”
Fr Farren went on to say that Siobhan had a “very warm and fun-loving nature”, adding that she was loved by everyone for her “sunny personality, integrity and trust-worthiness”.
“Her youth, her family responsibilities as a wife and a mammy and that energy and zest for life that she had in abundance makes Siobhan’s death such a shock, such a tragedy,” Fr Farren said.
Burial was due to take place this afternoon at the City Cemetery.