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Bishop's prayers for tragic crash victim Bridget


Bridget Ward (11) was killed

Bridget Ward (11) was killed

Bridget Ward (11) was killed

A senior member of the clergy in Galway has expressed his condolences to the family of Bridget Ward, the girl who died after she was hit by a car while out cycling.

The 11-year-old's brother Patrick (9) was also injured in the collision on Easter Sunday.

Tributes have poured in since the tragedy, with the Bishop of Elphin the latest to express his sorrow.

"Two of our young parishioners, Bridget and Paddy, were involved in a tragic road accident on Easter Sunday," Bishop Kevin Moran said.

"I join the parish community of Ahascragh and Caltra in asking God to give his consolation and strength to the Ward family and to guide those who are caring for Paddy in hospital.

"May Jesus, whose Resurrection we celebrated on Easter Sunday, be close to Bridget and give her eternal life with all the saints.

"I offer my condolences also to the community of Creggane Estate and to the teachers and all their young friends at Eglish National School," he added.


Bridget and Patrick were cycling close to their home on a halting site outside Ballinasloe, Co Galway, when the collision took place shortly before noon.

The accident is believed to have occurred on a straight stretch of road. Weather conditions were good at the time.

The children were both transferred to Portiuncula Hospital where Bridget was pronounced dead.

Fr Bernard Costello, who was with the family on Monday, said that Patrick was "doing well". "He's going to be OK," he said.

The garda investigation is continuing. Investigators appealed for any witnesses to the collision to contact them.