MOURNERS at the funeral of little Daenerys Crosbie who died after a horror road accident were told that it is "hard to contemplate such tragedy, such sorrow, such loss".
"None of us here ever thought we would be in this church this evening and we wish we weren't," Fr Brendan Forde told the congregation at St Mary's Church, Ballygunner.
Daenerys (2) died after being hit by a truck on Tuesday morning as her mother Carole Anne was bringing her to a Montesorri school in Waterford city.
Ms Crosbie (30), who hails from Leighlinbridge in Co Carlow but had been more recently living in Dunmore East, was also injured.
She made her way into the church supported by a crutch and clutching her daughter's beloved cuddly toys.
Daenerys was brought alongside her in a tiny white coffin.
A photograph with the word "Family" over an image of the infant playing with her sister and mother adorned the top of the casket.
Other offertory gifts included a silver hippopotamus saving box and some photographs.
The fog that shrouded the church reflected the mood of about 150 mourners at the simple, poignant ceremony.
"We are so used to violence; we're not used to this," Fr Forde added.
"The gentleness of a child… her memory of our world is one of love, one of beauty.
"She was a gorgeous girl - she was well loved," he said.
Daenerys, named after a character in the popular Game of Thrones series, was taken to her resting place, a plot at the top of the graveyard in Ballygunner.
Many flowers and gifts including a pink teddy bear were placed on her grave.
Daenerys is survived by her parents Carole Anne Crosbie and Eoin Callaghan, her sister Kayleigh Anne Crosbie, grandmothers Kay Callaghan and Mairead Crosbie and grandfather, Damien Crosbie.
Father-of-three Ricky Paul (37), who tried in vain to save Daenerys at the scene, was also present at the funeral yesterday.