Funeral mass takes place for victims of Clondalkin fire

Five coffins were brought to St Anne's Church in Shankill this morning

Funeral mass takes place for victims of Clondalkin fire

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The funeral mass has taken place for the victims of last week's fire in Clondalkin.

Hundreds of people gathered in St Anne's church in Shankill in Dublin for their funeral mass.

Balloons of cartoon characters including Peppa Pig and Minnie Mouse lined a pew as five coffins made their way into the church.

27-year-old Annmarie O'Brien, her daughter Paris, her unborn child AJ and their cousins Holly and Jordan are being laid to rest in Bray this afternoon following the requiem mass.

They were killed after a fire broke out at a domestic violence support facility.

Holly and Jordan's mother, Biddy O'Brien, remains critically ill in hospital. Her family are said to be keeping a bedside vigil.

Celebrant priest John O'Connor said it was a tough time for anyone who knew them.

He also spoke of the pain this will inflict on the Traveller community, coming not long after the Carrickmines fire.

Sonas Domestic Violence Charity has expressed 'devastation' following last week's tragedy.

Hundreds of people turned out for a prayer service for the family on Sunday, not far from where Annmarie grew up.

Speaking afterwards, Fr Paul O'Driscoll said it is a nightmare experience for the family.

"The emotion is very deep and they kind of get themselves together and then they're in floods of tears again.

"Words are just very inadequate".