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Left too soon Carlow woman who died in freak road accident had 'smile that would light up room', funeral told 

'She lifted everyone’s spirits everywhere she went. She was the life and soul of the party'


Amanda Kinsella

Amanda Kinsella

Amanda Kinsella

The heart-broken brother of Amanda Kinsella, the young Carlow woman who died in a freak road accident when she fell from a bus last Friday, said she had a “smile that would light up a room” at her funeral mass this afternoon. 

David Kinsella told the congregation that he never imagined he would be speaking “about my beautiful sister Amanda like this. She has left us far too soon at the age of 27”

The Carlow woman had been airlifted by helicopter to Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, but passed away on Friday evening.

It followed the accident at Ardnawark, Barnesmore Gap, outside Donegal Town at about 3.45pm when she was struck by a passing car after the fall.

Amanda was on a private bus along with a number of people who were travelling to an after-wedding party.

She had returned home from Bahrain, where she had been working as a teacher. Her holiday included a trip to Donegal for the wedding.

Speaking at Amanda's Funeral Mass in St Mary's Church, Bennekerry, her brother David regaled those gathered with tales of sister’s derring-do.

“She had a smile that would light up a room,” he said.

“She lifted everyone’s spirits everywhere she went. She was the life and soul of the party. We have a big GAA family here and Amanda wasn't too long getting recognised for her football abilities.

“She made it to play on a mini sevens football team in Croke Park at an early age and from there continued her passion into college where she captained the fresher team to win an All-Ireland final.

“After college she began her travels to so many countries. I can only imagine the story she made on her journey.”

In 2015 David said she went to America on a J1 for the summer.

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“She had to sit interviews for a job and she showed us that she could be a bluffer at times too.

“She would have interviews for a waitress at a restaurant and she would tell them she had loads of experience from working at her parents’ restaurant. This wasn't true.

“Another job she applied for was working with animals and she told them that she lived in a farm and her parents were experienced vets. That’s also not true.

“Summer was coming to an end and funds were getting low so who did Amanda turn to? She called dad and asked if he could send her some money, ‘but don't tell mammy’.

“And then she called mammy and asked for some money, ‘but don't tell daddy'.

"Nothing feared her,” he added. “As long as she was with friends and family, she was happy.”

While she was still in America she applied for a teaching job in the Middle East.

“She had a Skype interview and soon after she told us she got a teaching job in Oman,” David recalled. “We knew that she wouldn't be around but we would never stop Amanda from living her dream.

“Saying goodbye to her at the airport every time never got any easier.

“She quickly settled into Oman and joined the GAA team and we knew that she was happy.

“One of her friends would always say about Amanda, ‘the cream always rises to the top’.

“Amanda certainly was the cream of the crop, whether it was on the field or off the field.

“After two years in Oman she moved to Bahrain and continued to shine.

“Her bedroom was filling up with medals and trophies. And it's where she met her boyfriend Brendan. They made so many great memories together and the best was still to come for both of them.

“Last Friday was such a tragedy that’s still hard to believe especially on such a joyous occasion,” he added, “but she was doing what she loved, spending time with great friends and living life.

“As Amanda liked to say, ‘one day life will flash before your eyes, make sure it's worth watching’. Yours is worth watching Amanda,” he ended. “You will live on our hearts every day. We love you Amanda. Rest in peace.”

After the Funeral Mass Amanda was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.

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