Boy’s heartbreaking tribute at funeral of sister who died in tragic accident

A little boy paid heartbreaking tribute at the funeral of his sister after she died in tragic accident.

Mourners wiped away tears as Senan Loughlin walked towards the altar clutching sister Annabel’s favourite dolls and teddies.

The three-year-old would say ‘Let’s play dollies’ to anyone she met before her tragic death at home last Friday, reports Irish Mirror.

Annabel’s mother Eileen also told grieving sons, Senan and TJ, they have a “guardian angel who will always watch over them”.

Hundreds of friends and family filled the Church of the Assumption in Delvin, Co Westmeath to pay a final farewell to the youngster, who is the daughter of former Westmeath hurler Enda Loughlin.


Mum Eileen also paid tribute in a beautiful and touching way as she remembered their “lovable” daughter who they nicknamed ‘Miss Independent’.

She urged mourners to “remember Annabel and to always talk about her to me” and said her daughter “only ever knew happiness and love”.

Eileen also spoke about the close bond her little girl had with her brothers.

Chief celebrant Fr Seamus Heaney prayed for God to comfort Annabel’s parents, brothers and family during the difficult days ahead.


Gifts brought to the altar as symbols of her life included her pink wellies, which were described as her “prized footwear worn with everything from the prettiest dresses to tracksuit bottoms”.

A hurley stick was carried up to Fr Heaney in memory of how “Annabel loved to play with her brothers and the days spent at games watching her adored daddy play”.

The remains of Annabel were brought to Taghmon Cemetery for burial after the funeral.

Family friend Senator Aidan Davitt previously described Annabel as a "pleasant little girl, always smiling".

He said: "Annabel was the apple of her father’s eye. Enda adores his children, he’s a great family man.

"Enda really doted over Annabel. The whole of Westmeath is shocked at such a loss.

"We are in serious grief and mourning. I have a child the same age as Annabel. She was a pleasant little girl, always smiling."

He added: "Annabel was a little girl with a big smile every time I met her. It’s just devastating."

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