Parents pay tribute to 'angel' after road death
THE grieving parents whose daughter was killed after being "in the wrong place at the wrong time" have urged family and friends to celebrate the life of their angel.
Sinead Condren (16) was killed on May 23 after being struck by a car on the Celbridge-Leixlip road.
Hundreds of mourners attended the teenager's funeral last week at which her heartbroken father, John, thanked his daughter for "16 years of beautiful memories".
"Today is an extremely sad day but please remember Sinead as a happy girl," he said.
"Fifteen years ago I arrived home from work and Sinead was only walking a few weeks and she walked over with her arms outstretched to me, that is one of my favourite memories.
"Sinead's a wonderful daughter. She's given us 16 years of beautiful memories and now she's an angel."
Originally from Maynooth, Sinead was an avid horse fanatic as well as a lover of hip-hop.
Her dance teacher Deirdre Brennan told the Herald that Sinead's death has left her friends devastated.
"Last Friday when we'd normally do a class, the group just sat around and chatted about Sinead. Reality still hasn't sunk in that this quiet, smiling young girl is no longer around.
"She just was so nice and so happy. She didn't have a bad bone in her body," she added.
Sinead's younger sister Ciara, who brought up a gift at the funeral, was described by a family friend as "inconsolable".
St Mary's Church in Maynooth was so packed, dozens of mourners had to pay their respects from outside.
Delivering the Mass, Parish Priest Rev Fr Liam Rigney said the death meant "lives will never be the same again".
"One second, one short second, and Sinead's life was tragically cut short and so many others devastated, hearts broken, lives will never be the same again."
He continued: "John said Sinead was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Some might say 'if only'. It was a mother collecting her child from school.
"This happens to thousands of parents throughout the country. Part of the reality of a hard life is that accidents do happen."
Sinead was also passionate about Leinster rugby.