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FINAL FAREWELL To CRASH FAMILY; Road smash couple and their girl Bobbi, 3, buried together.

Byline: By JOHN FALLON

A COUPLE who died alongside their three-year-old girl in a horror road smash were buried together yesterday.

Hundreds gathered in Ballinasloe, Co Galway, for the funeral of 33-year-old Johnny Moloney, Yvonne Mahoney, 24, and their daughter Bobbi-Ann.

Fr John Garvey told mourners at St Michael's Church: "Each time we hear of a death on our roads, we know some family will be receiving unexpected and dreadful news.

"That realisation began to set in for the Mahoney and Moloney families last Sunday.

"In such circumstances lives are thrown into confusion and darkness."

Yvonne's mother Mary and Johnny's parents Padraig and Martina were joined by hundreds of residents from Loughrea and Ballinasloe where the couple lived.

John and Yvonne were killed when their Opel Corsa was in collision with a Mazda Six outside Athenry on Sunday evening.

Bobbi-Ann, who was in the back, died a short time later at University College Hospital.

A mother and her two children, who were in the other car when the accident happened at a junction at Rockmore Lodge Cross, were treated for shock and minor injuries.

The Bishop of Clonfert Dr John Kirby presided at the funeral mass for the family.

Ballinasloe came to a standstill, with many businesses temporarily closing, as the two hearses, one which carried Yvonne's coffin and that of her daughter, made the one mile journey to Creagh Cemetery.

Johnny's coffin was draped in a Liverpool soccer jersey.

The three were later buried together in a single grave at Creagh Cemetery outside the town.

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SOMBRE: Coffins of Johnny Moloney, Yvonne Mahoney and Bobbi-Ann, inset, in Ballinasloe yesterday Picture: HANY MARZOUK
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 14, 2006
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