The family of two sisters who died in a house fire in Letterkenny on Friday are “overwhelmed” at the support they are receiving.
Jolene (Jody), 28, and Anngeline (Angie), 27, Brogan, both young mothers, were killed when a fire broke out on the ground floor of their home at Céanann View, Mountain Top on Friday morning.
Units from Donegal Fire Service were at the scene within minutes of the alarm being raised at around 11am.
Huge numbers attended the removal of the sisters’ remains from the Chapel of Eternal Rest on Saturday, to the home of their mother Mary, at Lisnennan, Letterkenny. The sisters will be laid to rest today after funeral mass at 11am in St Columba’s Church, Dromoghill.
Their heart-broken father told the Irish Star that Jolene had phoned him on Thursday night. Her last words to him were “I love you, Daddy”.
Yesterday, Letterkenny Mayor Pascal Blake said: “There has been a dark cloud over Letterkenny since Friday. The scenes at the removal were so poignant. To witness the numbness and shock that the family are suffering was horrifying. To observe the the depth of their friends’ grief was a very sad and harrowing experience.”
The young women’s parents, he added, asked him to pass on their “heartfelt thanks for the overwhelming support they have been receiving” from the local community.
Meanwhile a man named locally as Patrick McCaffrey, died after being struck on the Tullycurry Road near Belleek at around 2.50am on Sunday. An apparent hit-and-run, a man was arrested on Sunday in Pettigo in connection with the incident and a car has been held for forensic examination.