Mourners young and old filled St Conleth’s Parish Church in Newbridge on Monday morning to pay their last respects to teenager Noreen Murphy, 17, from Lakeside Park who lost her fight for life last Thursday after a road traffic accident.
“Noreen was loved by so many people, by her father Joe and her sisters, and by her school friends,” said Fr Ruairi O’Domhnaill, who prayed for the recovery of the others injured in the accident.
“Instinctively all of us know in our hearts that the hopes, energy, dreams that was Noreen Murphy, could not cease to be today. She exists in a different way but in a real way. Noreen now lives in love in the care and mercy of God. She has now been reunited with her mother Trish.”
Members of the choir of St Conleth’s Community School, where Noreen was a 6th year pupil, filled the church with beautiful renditions of ‘Amazing Grace’, John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ and Adele’s ‘Make You Feel My Love’. The choir was guided by music teacher Miss Amanda Kelly.
A guard of honour was formed outside the Church by the students of Saint Conleth’s Community College, before she was laid to rest in St. Conleth’s Cemetery.
The late teenager was involved in a single vehicle smash which occurred on Friday, September 9 at 11.15pm at Rathbride on the Rathangan to Newbridge Road. Three other passengers were also injured when the van in which they were travelling collided head on with a tree.