Funerals of women killed in crash to be held in Stranorlar at weekend

“It is a terrible tragedy" - Fr John Joe Duffy

Declan Magee

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Declan Magee

Funerals of women killed in crash to be held in Stranorlar at weekend

Local priest Fr John Joe Duffy said the deaths were a terrible shock for the families of the two young people involved.

The two women who died in a road collision in Ballybofey on Wednesday are to be laid to rest following funerals in Stranorlar on Saturday and Sunday.

Mother of three Maria Wallis (38) of 78 Blue Cedars, Ballybofey will be laid to rest on Saturday following 11am Requiem Mass in Church of Mary Immaculate, Stranorlar.

Kiara Baird (19) will be laid to rest following Requiem Mass in the same church on Sunday following 11am Requiem Mass.

The two women died after a single-vehicle collision on the R252 on the outskirts on Ballybofey at around 4.15pm on Wednesday. The blue Citroen C3 they were travelling in left the road on a wide bend about 800 metres from Jackson’s Hotel.

A man in his forties survived with non life-threatening injuries.

Maria Wallis is survived by her husband David; sons David, Darren, and Andrew; parents Mary and David, and brothers Mark and Michael. Originally from Derry, she had been living in the area for 13 years.

Kiara Baird is survived by her parents Tracy and Andrew, siblings Cian, Cody, Cayden and Kayleigh; her extended family, relatives and many friends. She had been living in the area for about six years after her family relocated from Dublin.

Local priest,  Fr John Joe Duffy, said the deaths were a terrible shock for the families of the two young people involved.

“I would ask people to keep the families and all concerned in their minds and in their prayers,” he said.

“It is a terrible tragedy and the families have lost two young people and it can show us how life can be fragile for some of us. It is so very sad to see two young lives taken away so quickly and tragically.”