" No parent should have to bury a child so young" - Fr Duffy


" No parent should have to bury a child so young" - Fr Duffy
by Sue Doherty sue.doherty@donegaldemocrat.com @dgldemocrat

The young woman who died in a crash on Wednesday had "a warm, kind and welcoming heart, and a beautiful bubbly personality", mourners heard at her funeral yesterday.

Kiara Baird, who was 19 years old, was one of two victims of a single car collision on the Glenfin road just outside Ballybofey on Wednesday afternoon.

The second victim, Maria Wallis, a 38-year-old mother of three, was laid to rest on Saturday. A man in his 40s, who was also in the car, survived the crash.

Heartbreak and grief were etched on the faces of many as yesterday at the funeral of Kiera Baird at the Church of Mary Immaculate, Stranlorlar.

Her parents Tracy and Andrew, her siblings Cian, Cody, Cayden and Kayleigh, and her extended family formed a tight knit group of support for each other, with friends and neighbours filling the church.

Fr John Joe Duffy, PP, told the congregation how the Dublin native, who had moved to Ballybofey with her family seven years ago, had attended St Columba's, then completed a beauty course in Strabane.


"In the last few weeks, Kiara had embarked on another course, in hospitality and I have no doubts she would have succeeded in area of life," he added.

Fr Duffy then said, "Kiara had a warm, kind and welcoming heart, and and a beautiful bubbly personality, full of life, full of fun, full of joy and happiness

Loved to be with her family

“She loved to be with her family and her friends, her besties and, of course, her cousins.

"She made friends easily, she saw the best in everyone, she looked out to find the good in people. "

He described, "that innate, goodness, that innate kindness, that generosity of heart, all of which Kiara had in abundance"

Fr Duffy continued, "She loved taking walks and enjoyed the beauty of the outdoors.

“She appreciated creation.

"Kiara had care for others, those who were alone, for those who suffered. She would take the jacket off her very own back to give it to others."

Addressing her parents, Fr Duffy said, "These are days that you never expected. The most difficult task of any parent is to have to part with a child.

“You shouldn't have to bury a child so young, under such tragic circumstances. Such a loss seems to go against the natural order of things.

“We cannot find words to ease your pain, as much as we desire to.

“It is by our presence that we hope to support you."


Fr Duffy said we must all “examine our own conscience” when it comes to driving, and drive cautiously and with care “to reduce the awful carnage that rips the heart out of our families and our communities”.