Hundreds attend tragic Leoni’s funeral

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Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral of Leoni ‘Od’ Walsh in The Holy Family Church on Monday, who died tragically in a road traffic accident last Thursday morning.

Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral of Leoni ‘Od’ Walsh in The Holy Family Church on Monday, who died tragically in a road traffic accident last Thursday morning.

Leoni, who was known as ‘Od’, died in a road traffic accident on the Duleek to Drogheda Road last Thursday.

Among the mourners were her parents Anne and Liam, sisters Mandy and Natalie and grandmother Mary.

Fr Paddy Stanley told the congregation that death came suddenly for Od.

“There was no time to say farewell or last words,” Fr Stanley told mourners.

“This awful tragedy is like a grey cloud hanging over the family at this time.

“Your lose is beyond the power of my words.

“There is a hole in your hearts that cannot be filled by any words I speak.

“Many people are caring for you at this time. We will support the family the best we can with our love.”

Mourners heard how Leoni was baptised in the Old Holy Family Church and later made her First Communion and Confirmation in the new church.

The congregation also heard how she was a caring person, had a zest for life and enjoyed parties.

“Od was a big party girl,” said Fr Stanley. “I have been told this was the best Christmas every because Od enjoyed so many parties.

“But Od also had the greatest gift of all - caring. She was a very caring person.

“Her first words were “sorry” and no matter where she was, she would always ring home every night to make sure her family was safe.

“When Od finished her work in the Adelphi Jade she would phone home to see how many people were in the house to bring in a takeaway.

“Od loved her family very much and treated her three nieces as sisters.

“Od was a good samaritan. She cherished loyalty and friendship.

“If you were a friend of Od, you had a friend for life.”

A guard of honour was formed by the FAS health care class which Od completed.

Burial took place in St Patrick’s Cemetery.

The Toyota Avensis in which Leoni was travelling in crashed head on with a large lorry and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Three other people were also in the car. Two women are being treated in hospital for injuries which are described as not life threatening.