'Our very own little ray of sunshine' as final funeral takes place for crash which claimed the lives of four people young people in Armagh

The funeral has taken place for a 22-year-old woman who was killed in a single-car crash near Armagh.
The funeral has taken place of Emma Mallon. Picture: FacebookThe funeral has taken place of Emma Mallon. Picture: Facebook
The funeral has taken place of Emma Mallon. Picture: Facebook

After colleagues at Mullans Spar shop – where Emma Mallon had worked – formed a guard of honour, the funeral was held at St John’s Church in Middletown before burial at St Joseph’s Cemetery in Madden on Sunday.

Ms Mallon died in the crash alongside friends Marina Crilly, 24, Philip Mitchell, 27 and Keith Morrison, 22 on Sunday, March 24.

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The collision, which involved a grey Volkswagen Golf, happened on the Ballynahonemore Road at around 2.10am.

Emma Mallon - image released by PSNIEmma Mallon - image released by PSNI
Emma Mallon - image released by PSNI

Police said the driver and three passengers were all declared dead at the scene.

Paying tribute to Ms Mallon were friends and family, who told mourners: “Growing up in Middletown, amongst nature and the countryside, she (Emma) had a love of everything outdoors.

“And even took horse riding in her stride. Emma was one of three girls, she was the baby of the house. A loving, caring, gentle-natured girl.

“She was always there as a role model and an amazing aunt.

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“She had such a beautiful smile that would light up any room – our very own little ray of sunshine.

“Going from a girl to a young woman, we loved to watch her bloom.

“Forever thankful for the memories we hold. Looking back throughout the years we've a lot of lovely stories to be told.

“Trustworthy, kind and fun … Emma was an amazing friend surrounded with many close and good friendships.”

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Another relative said: “Every day was a life that was lived up until the tender age of 22.

“Of all the special gifts in life – no matter how great or small – to have Emma in our lives even for this short time has been the greatest gift of all.

“We will miss and love you Emma and our lives will never be the same."

Those who spoke were given a round of applause by mourners.

A priest thanked the emergency services for “doing the best they could” in what would have been “a horrific scene”.

Funeral services took place for Ms Crilly, Mr Mitchell and Mr Morrison on Good Friday.

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