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Profound tragedy as wife of first Markethill crash victim becomes third person to pass away

Patrick and Ciera Grimley

The wife of the first Markethill crash victim – Patrick Grimley – has tragically become the third person to pass away since the accident last Saturday morning.

Ciera Grimley sadly lost her battle on the day her good friend Ciara McElvanna was laid to rest – and a week after she was involved in that horrible collision on the way home from celebrating her husband’s 40th birthday at Dundalk Races.

The mother-of-three fought bravely but succumb to her injuries earlier on Saturday. Her husband Patrick, who died at the scene, was buried on Wednesday.

A funeral notice described her as the dearly beloved wife of the late Patrick (predeceased 7 days ago in the same tragedy) and devoted mummy to Tadhg, Mya and Cadhla. Loving daughter of Eugene and Bridie and cherished sister to Donna (Young), Sarah-Jane (McCombe), Julie (Grant) and Paul. Loving daughter in law of Brian and Frances.

Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

Ciera Grimley

Ciera Grimley

Deeply regretted by her heartbroken son, daughters, parents, sisters, brother, parents in law, brothers and sister in law, nieces nephews and the entire family circle and many friends, and the wider Madden and Armagh community.

SDLP councillor, Thomas O’Hanlon, has asked the public to keep the people of Madden in their prayers, and offer them all the love and support you can.

“This has been a devastating week for the community and families are just heartbroken, he said. “Unfortunately there are still very tough days to come.

“Children have lost a mummy, a daddy and some have lost both. Parents have lost a son or daughter, siblings have lost a brother or sister. Friends are heartbroken. This is not how it should be.

“It’s hard to comprehend what has happened. If anything it’s made us all realise life can change in a split second.
It’s taught us all to take nothing for granted, to tell those close to you that you love them every day. Hug the little ones in your life tightly, for you never know what tomorrow brings.

“There are tough days ahead, say as many prayers as you can muster for those who are suffering a terrible loss. Pray for those who have gone and those left to pick up the pieces. Together with the support of our community and with the help of God, they will get through this.”

Our Lady’s & St Mochua’s Primary School in Derrynoose posted: “On behalf of our school community we would like to offer our deepest sympathies to the whole Madden Community at this time.

“In particular, we would like to extend our sincere condolences to the family of Patrick and Ciera Grimley RIP and to the family of Ciara McElvanna RIP.

“We would also like to extend our sympathies to our dear colleague, Mrs Pauline Murdoch, auntie of Ciera Grimley.
Our Lady & St Mochua pray for them. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time St Joseph’s Primary School, Madden Raparees, and St Joseph’s Camogie Club, Madden.”

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