Parents of Ella Trainor grateful for support of GAA community

September 5, 2016

The parents of six year-old Ella Trainor, who was tragically killed in a car crash earlier this year, have expressed their gratitude to the GAA community who have helped them through their heartache.

Martin and Susan Trainor, from Hilltown, were left devastated when their youngest daughter died in a three vehicle collision on the Newry to Hilltown road in January.  The couple publicly thanked the GAA last week for the invaluable support they have received, with Mr Trainor stating that the GAA community had gone the extra mile to keep their daughter’s memory alive. Last month Clonduff GAC, where Ella had been a member along with her 12 year old sister Aoife, hosted a football-blitz involving 150 children on what would have been Ella’s 7th birthday.  Referees on the day came from Cumann Pheadair Naofa (CPN) Warrenpoint GAA, where Mr Trainor is a mentor for the minor team. The grieving dad described the day as a “celebration” of young Ella’s life.

The couple say both clubs along with other county clubs have given help and support to the family since their devastating loss, helping them through the most difficult of times over the last few months and have been especially supportive of their daughter Aoife.

Expressing their gratitude to the organisation Mr Trainor described the GAA as “a unique gift for the Irish people.”

The family have decided to take on the Causeway Coast Marathon on September 24th in memory of Ella and to raise funds for the Cruse bereavement charity which they say has been invaluable in helping them grieve the loss of their daughter. Anyone wishing to donate to the challenge should visit the Justgiving page entitled “In memory of Ella, she may be small but she walks tall.”