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Sunday 4 December 2016

Kiara 'saw best in everyone', mourners told

Mourners carry the coffin of 19-year-old car crash victim Kiara Baird
Mourners carry the coffin of 19-year-old car crash victim Kiara Baird

A Dublin teenager who died in a car crash has been remembered as a girl who "saw the best in everyone".

Kiara Baird (19) and 38-year-old Maria Wallis died after the car in which they were travelling went out of control and smashed into a lamppost on the outskirts of Ballybofey, Co Donegal, last Wednesday.

Both women were laid to rest at the weekend after funeral masses at St Mary's Church in Stranorlar.

Fr John Joe Duffy paid tribute to Kiara, who had recently finished a beauty therapy course.

Radiant

"The young woman in the youth of her life, the radiant, beautiful and precious Kiara with her glowing smile, was born in Dublin and moved from Dublin almost seven years ago to Ballybofey," he said.

Kiara Baird
Kiara Baird

"She attended St Columba's for almost all of her second-level education. Kiara finished a beauty course in Strabane some time ago and in the last few weeks had embarked on a course in hospitality. I have no doubt that Kiara would have succeed in that area of life for she was most hospitable.

"Kiara had a warm, kind and welcoming heart and beautiful bubbly personality. She was full of life and full of fun, joy and happiness.

"She liked to laugh and she loved to be with her friends, her besties, whom she loved and appreciated. She made friends easily.

"Kiara had a beautiful and kind nature. She saw the best in everyone. She looked out to find the good in people.

"The only type of person who can do that, I believe, is someone who has within themselves that innate goodness, kindness and generosity of heart, which Kiara had.

"She was a people's person, she cared. She loved to socialise, she loved life, loved to be with friends and she loved taking walks and enjoyed the beauty of the outdoors."

Fr Duffy appealed for drivers to think about road safety when getting behind the wheel and asked for people to take responsibility.

Kiara, originally from Clondalkin, is survived by her parents, Tracey and Andrew, and siblings.

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