Black week for Tipp tragedies

Sophie Pearson
Five Tipperary families are mourning their loved ones this week following a spate of tragic accidents and drownings.

Five Tipperary families are mourning their loved ones this week following a spate of tragic accidents and drownings.

It took over three hours for the funeral cortege to pass through the town on Sunday morning while en route to Dungar Cemetery where Sophie was laid to rest for the final time with her Grandfather Joe Scully, who died a short time ago. Fr Jackie Robinson said the Funeral Mass in St Cronan’s Church, Roscrea. He told the Tipperary Star Sophie lived life to the full. “She was involved with the Cub Scouts in Roscrea, the football in Borris-in-Ossory, and she played Rugby with the Under9 boys in Roscrea. And she loved arts and crafts. She was very creative.” Sophie, from Ballacolla, on the Roscrea/Laois border, was rushed to Temple Street Children’s Hospital last week after falling off a bail of hay. She lost her fight for life on Thursday (July 18). Family, relatives, and friends recall a bubbly, outgoing girl who lived for farming, and loved caring for animals: Sophie had been very involved with the Irish Belgian-Blue Cattle Society and competed in shows and events. Meanwhile, Gardaí are investigating separate crashes which claimed the lives of two Tipperary men, and appealing for information regarding a serious crash near Portroe.

Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.