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HEARTACHE GRAN BURIED WITH TOT, 2; Cot death brings double tragedy.

Byline: ANN MOONEY

A TWO-YEAR-OLD child and her grandmother who died of a broken heart have been buried together in a grief-filled ceremony.

Little Shauna Mulcahy Anderson from Gurranabraher, Cork city, became the victim of cot death on Wednesday night.

She was put to bed at around 8pm and was found dead an hour later by her mother.

Her Christmas presents and toys were placed in her tiny white coffin and buried with her.

Her gran, 53-year-old mother-of- seven Teresa Mulcahy, had complained of chest pains after a visit to the Mercy Hospital the following day to comfort Shauna's parents Sharon and Leonard.

Mrs Mulcahy, who was from Gerald Griffin Avenue in the city, died shortly afterwards despite receiving medical attention.

As the country celebrated Christmas, the family were trying to come to terms with their dreadful loss.

A family friend said: "Teresa was absolutely broken-hearted over the little girl's death.

"She literally died of a broken heart and we feel so full of sadness, particularly at this time of year for her husband Finbarr and all her children and the extended family."

Dan Dunlea, a relative, said: "We just want to go to bed and let Christmas pass us by.

"We are all just broken-hearted. We have always been a close family but this has just blown us back.

"Shauna was so lovely. She was always running around and smiling. She was just so loveable.

"Christmas is meant to be a time of joy, but all we have now is nothing but sorrow.

Both coffins stood side by side at a moving funeral ceremony in the North Cathedral

Parish Priest Fr John Twomey told mourners that Shauna's death was "a tragic loss for her parents and grandparents who doted on her".

He said: "The loss of a child is always tragic, but it is particularly tragic at this time of the year.

"Then you have the double tragedy of the death of her grandmother who was by no means an elderly woman."

He said Shauna was a lovely, lively child who was at the age when she was aware of Santa and was really looking forward to Christmas.

Fr Twomey said Mrs Mulcahy was a "very lovely lady who was a very popular member of the North Cathedral choir".
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