Thursday 14 December 2017

Priest leads soccer-style ovation at funeral of 'superstar' Georgia (13)

The remains of 13 yr old Georgia Doherty are carried into St Columba's Church by her heart broken father George and other family members.
The remains of 13 yr old Georgia Doherty are carried into St Columba's Church by her heart broken father George and other family members.
Crash victim Georgia Doherty (13) [centre] who died in RTA in Derry 22/02/15

A PRIEST led a soccer-style ovation at the funeral Mass today for a 13-year-old girl killed in a car crash.

Georgia Doherty, from Clar, Redcastle, Co Donegal was laid to rest today as her team mates formed a guard of honour in her memory.

More than 1,500 mourners at St Columba’s Church in Drung heard glowing tributes about ‘superstar’ Georgia’s soccer and gaelic football skills.

Last year, the congregation was told, she scored a hat-trick for Redcastle girls in a 6-0 win over a boys team from Moville.

The pupil at Moville Community College died in a road traffic collision in Co Derry on Sunday.

Her sister Lisa is recovering from her injuries at Altnagelvin Hospital. She was too ill to attend today’s funeral Mass. It was recorded on video so she can watch it later.

Georgia’s white coffin, which was covered in messages written on it by her friends, arrived at the church in a horse-drawn glass hearse.

She was taken into the church by her dad George and mum Rosemarie.

Many mourners wore the jerseys of the two teams the girl supported - Liverpool and Celtic.

Fr Tony Maily told them: “This is not Parkhead and this is not Anfield but I know God won’t mind if we had our own round of applause for our own No10.”

The congregation applauded for three minutes for the teenager who represented Inishowen at both soccer and gaelic football.

“Never was there a dull moment when Georgia was present as she was recognised as the life and soul of her year,” said school mate Caoimhe Price, reading from tributes written by her friend.

“Within seconds of talking to her, she made people smile and laugh. She was well known for her ability to cheer people up when they were feeling sad, a reason why Georgia was recognised by so many as a great friend and a reason why she was loved dearly by all.”

She also recalled Recastle’s girls beating the boys from Moville in that game.

“Georgia of course was the star player, scoring three goals. Although they were beaten, the boys were not afraid to admit that Georgia was an amazing player with so much skill.” said Caoimhe.

“Through these teams, Georgia made many friends that consider her to be a fantastic person. The memories that they have of Georgia will never go away and their high opinions of Georgia will always remain.”

The teenager’s favourite pop songs were played during the Mass including tracks from One Direction and Hozier.

As the coffin was taken from the chapel after the Mass, the club anthem of Liverpool and Celtic - You’ll Never Walk Alone - was played, her dad George, wearing the Celtic colours, singing along.

This afternoon the family were spending time with her schoolmates at Moville Community College.

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