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Monday 11 December 2017

Tragic Nicole had her whole life planned out

THE brother of Nicole Kelly made an emotional tribute to the young girl whose life was tragically ended in a road accident.

Nicole (13) was killed just yards from her home in Mulhuddart when she was knocked down on a slip road off the N3.

On Saturday Nicole's family and friends held a poignant service in her memory.

A white horse-drawn carriage made the short journey from her home in Ladyswell Road to the Church of St Luke the Evangelist, Mulhuddart. A simple arrangement of white and pink roses spelled out Nicole's name.

Hundreds of school friends from Coolmine Community School formed a guard of honour in the grounds of the church.

Nicole's brother, Lee (23)spoke from the pulpit about his sister's hopes and dreams.

"Nicole was more than a member of our family. She was always cheerful and so full of life," he said. "She had such a good heart. She had her whole life planned out. She talked about her wedding dress and how she wanted to travel the world.

"Nicole was such a loving person. She was a beautiful person, she brightened our lives," he added. "She'll always be in our heart. Thank you, sister Nicole that I became part of your life."

Young friends brought items from the teenage girl's world to the altar -- a poster of pop group JLS, perfume and tanning cream.

Parish priest Fr Eugene McCarthy said Nicole's parents, Karen and Paul, described her as having a "heart of gold".

clairemurphy@herald.ie

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