Mother-of-four is second victim of tragic crash in Armagh

It was announced locally that Ciara McElvanna had died in hospital.

The mother of four was from Madden, County Armagh and died in the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.

She was critically injured in the four-vehicle crash that sent nine people to hospital and also killed 40-year-old Patrick Grimley.

Ms McElvanna is described in her obituary as the beloved wife of Kevin and devoted mother of Niamh, Claire, Dara and Aoife.

The burial arrangements for the woman are not yet known.

On social media, St Joseph’s Camogie Club in the village wrote: “Our community suffered another devastating blow today with the untimely and tragic death of Ciara McElvanna.”

“Ciara was a valued member of our committee and the mother of underage players Niamh, Claire and Aoife, as well as her son Dara.

“The girl with the kindest heart who was always willing to help in any way she could. She and her husband Kevin were enthusiastic supporters and volunteers for both St. Joseph’s Camogie Club and Ropairì na Madáin.

“To Kevin, their precious children Niamh, Claire, Dara and Aoife, their parents Roisin and John, brothers Sean and Conor, sisters Cailin, Caitriona, Séilín and Shauna and the wider McElvanna and Haddock families, we at St Joseph’s speak our hearts out felt gift of compassion and prayers.”

A friend wrote on social media: “Thinking of my childhood friends, the Haddocks and the McElvanna families, and thinking of the loss of their beautiful Ciara. Life is so cruel, rest in eternal peace Ciara.”

Mr Grimley was laid to rest on Wednesday as mourners at his funeral heard that he had “touched so many lives for the better”.

“We find it difficult, if not impossible, to put into words the emotions we experience. Our voices catch in our throats and our eyes swell,” Father Seán O’Neill told mourners at St. Joseph’s Church

“So many emotions swirl around us when we think of Patrick. A young man, a family man, a community man. Family was a central part of his life.”

“Generous, thoughtful, lively, full of humor, it’s just hard to believe, hard to understand that he is no longer with us.”

“Ciera (Patrick’s wife) is very much in our thoughts and prayers.

“We know the loving and caring bond that they always shared and that found such beautiful expression through their children.”

“All we can say is that your father loved you and you loved him, and he knew that and still knows it.”

“Just as you are so much a part of his life, it doesn’t end with his death. His Spirit will be with you to guide you in every step of your life now and in the future.”

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