Six year old crash victim laid to rest

January 18, 2016

Hundreds of mourners gathered at the church of St John the Evangelist, Ballymaghery on Wednesday last to say their goodbyes to six year old Ella Trainor, who was tragically killed in a car crash last weekend. The P2 pupil who attended St.Patrick’s Primary School was described by main celebrant Canon John Kearney as a “lovely child who put simply, loved life.”

Ella died on Saturday (9th January) in a three-vehicle collision on the Hilltown Road near Newry. She was a back seat passenger in a Volkswagen car that was involved in a collision with a Seat car and a tractor towing a trailer shortly before 10am.

Mourners struggled to complete readings during her Requiem Mass and many were moved to tears as gifts including a Clonduff GAA jersey were brought up to the altar.

Canon Kearney said the keen gaelic player had “crowded so much into the six years she was with us” and he acknowledged that few funerals in the church had been as “profoundly sad and as sorrowful as today’s.”

“Ella’s family will be grateful to you all; to the emergency services and the staff at Daisy Hill for their professionalism and gentle care of little Ella,” he added.

Members of St Peter’s GAC in Warrenpoint, the club of Ella’s father, Marty Trainor, formed a guard of honour outside the church.

Ella was remembered as a beautiful, happy child, an animal lover who wanted to become a vet and a devoted younger sister to Aoife and beloved daughter of Marty and Susan Trainor. Her teacher, Mrs Cruz, described her young student’s  “big gorgeous smile” as “just infectious” and said there was now a space in her classroom “that will never be filled.”

Singers recited a version of Ella’s favourite song, ‘Hallelujah’ from Leonard Cohen while a moving poem read out on behalf of Ella’s parents, Marty and Susan, and elder sister Aoife,  touchingly referred to the six year old as “Ella Bella” and continued,

“All the years you have helped us to laugh, now you have made us cry. Help us to laugh again. We love you lots, like jelly tots.”

Ella’s parents requested for donations to be made to the Kevin Bell Repatriation trust in lieu of flowers.

Colin Bell, founder of the charity said he was deeply touched and heartened by the gesture and said he and his family were “deeply grateful and humbled that we were in the thoughts of others while they were facing the worst days of their lives.”