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Heartbroken relative of family who perished in fire: "They’re all gone"

Shattered: Tina Byrne's family has all been wiped out
Shattered: Tina Byrne's family has all been wiped out

A HEARTBROKEN mum who lost 10 family members in the horror halting-site blaze broke down in tears, sobbing: “My whole family was wiped out in one minute.”

Willie Lynch, his four-months pregnant partner Tara Gilbert and their daughters Jodie (9) and Kelsey (4), are among the dead after a blaze incinerated a home they were staying in.
 
Among the deceased are Willie’s sister Sylvia, her husband Thomas Connors and their children Jim (5), Christy (2) and Mary (5 months). They perished when an inferno gutted their home in a halting site on Glenamuck Road, Carrickmines, in the early hours of Saturday morning.
 
A fourth of the couple’s children Mick (6), was last night said to be on life support in Crumlin battling for his life, after being overcome by smoke in the blaze. Two adults were also being treated in hospital. Jimmy Lynch (39) – Sylvia and Willie’s brother – also perished. 
 
Devastated Tina Byrne – the sister of Sylvia, Jimmy and Willie and aunt of the five children – yesterday said her heart had been shattered by the tragedy.
 
“They’re all gone, they’re all gone,” she sobbed.
 
“I want the Gardaí to fully investigate how this happened.
 
“My whole family was wiped out in one minute and we need to know how and why this happened.
 
“This is the most horrible thing that ever happened in my life. Please, please if anyone knows how this happened come forward and let us know.”
 
 
Less than 24 hours before the blaze the entire Lynch family gathered together at the family home in Fasseroe ahead of a get-together at the halting site later in the evening.
 
Cousin Sarah Lynch said her relatives had been in great form looking forward to spending the evening together.
 
“Every one of them were such nice people, they never had a bad word to say about anyone or anyone a bad word for them. They left here last night all together looking forward to spending the evening together in Carrickmines and having a few drinks.
 
“The children Jodie and Kelsie were in brilliant form. Jodie was so bright and so clever and always so full of fun.
 
“And Kelsie – she’d make you laugh – always saying she was beautiful and outstanding.
 
“She thought she looked like Elsa from Frozen. I only did her make-up yesterday evening because she said she wanted to look like Elsa.
 
“Willie (39), was a devoted family man and he adored his little girls. He was going to take Kelsey hunting with him.
 
“Thomas Connors was described by his family as a “lovely man who loved having a laugh and a joke” with his “beautiful wife” Sylvia.
 
“They had been trying for a girl for years and then little Mary (5), came along and they were just over the moon,” said Sarah.
 
“Sylvia adored her and she named her after Thomas mum Mary who passed away last Christmas. The boys Christy (2) and Jim (5) adored her as well.”
 
Investigations into the blaze are continuing.