Family and community devastated by tragic death of young Clogher Valley road victim

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Family and community devastated by tragic death of young Clogher Valley road victim thumbnailThe Ballagh Road near Clogher was closed for much of Friday past after the tragic road traffic collision which claimed the life of local woman, Amanda Kelly.

THE funeral service of Augher woman, Amanda Kelly, who was tragically killed in a road traffic collision on Friday morning past, is to take place today (Wednesday) at 1pm in St John's Parish Church, Fivemiletown, with interment in the adjoining churchyard.

Mrs Kelly (nee Little), Corick Road, who was aged in her 20s, was killed when the BMW she was travelling in collided with a lorry on the Ballagh Road, Clogher, shortly after 6am. The road remained closed for much of the day as officers investigated the crash. The male driver of the lorry was not hurt and police are appealing to witnesses of the accident to get in touch.

It is understood she was travelling to work at Scott's Bakery in Fivemiletown, where her sister and father also work.

Mrs Kelly, a former pupil of Fivemiletown College, married her husband, Emmett, an agricultural contractor, in December past and she also leaves a young son called Jack. She is further survived by her parents, Andrew and Wendy, and siblings, Aaron, James, Nicole and Alex.

Canon Kyle Hanlon, who is conducting today's funeral service, said Mrs Kelly was a "very devoted mother and wife".

He added: "Amanda was deeply loved by her parents and her sisters and brothers. The entire family are deeply, deeply shocked and saddened by their loss. But they are gaining support from their Christian faith and are very appreciative of the support they're getting from the church, as well as the local community.

"Amanda was brought up in the Clogher Valley where she was very popular and well liked. She went to school locally and also worked in the area with Scott's Bakery where she had been employed for a number of years.

"Five-and-a-half months ago there was a beautiful wedding for a lovely bride and groom who were very committed to one another, so there is great sadness that this has happened at this time. The family would like to express their appreciation for the support they're gaining from so many people."


On Saturday night, hundreds stood in silence in Fivemiletown as a lone piper played a lament for Mrs Kelly, when Cavanleck Pipe Band halted their annual parade through the town.

Fermanagh and Omagh district councillor, Victor Warrington, who attended the parade and knows the family well, said the entire community is in complete shock.

"Words can't describe this utter tragedy. I would have known Amanda as she was growing up as she was a few years older than my own daughter. She was a very bright and bubbly girl who had a lot of friends. She was a pleasant girl who was only married last December.

"The entire community is in complete shock. The death is very much on everyone's mind in the Clogher Valley area and the respect shown on Saturday night proved just how much the community cares."

On social media, Mrs Kelly's mother, Wendy McCusker, posted a photograph of Amanda walking down the aisle with the words: "Our beautiful girl, now in the arms of God."


A friend commented: "She's a vision in her wedding dress! Simply beautiful! It's not fair, she had so much still to do."

Her grandfather, Colin West, wrote: "My beautiful granddaughter now in the arms of God. Forever in our hearts."

Another friend said: "You were the most amazing friend in the world. A big character, always full of life and banter. Could have made anyone smile when you walked into a room. I'm so grateful I got to spend some beautiful memories with you and to see you on your wedding day looking absolutely amazing."

Clogher Valley councillor, Sharon McAleer, said Amanda's death was a "shock for the whole community, as well as a tragedy for the family".

Fellow councillor, Frances Burton, added: "My heart goes out to the whole family at this dreadful time."

Police are keen to hear from anyone who witnessed this collision or who was travelling on the Ballagh Road on Friday morning and who may be able to assist the investigation. Officers can be contacted by calling 101, quoting reference number 139 09/06/17.


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