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Tributes to 'kind, talented' girl (11) killed as she cycled close to her Co Galway home

Bridget Ward died after being struck by a car as she cycled with her brother near their home. Picture from Facebook

THE funeral is due to take place on Thursday of an 11-year-old girl killed in a crash in Co Galway, which left her younger brother seriously injured.

Bridget and Paddy Ward were cycling near their home at a halting site in the Creggane area, near Ballinsloe, on Easter Sunday when they were struck by a car.

Both children were taken to the Portiuncula Hospital where the young girl was later pronounced dead. It is understood Paddy (9) was in a serious condition on Sunday, but his condition has improved.

Tributes have been paid to the schoolgirl, who has been described as an "angel" and a "beautiful little girl".

The children were pupils at Eglish Primary School in Ahascragh, which offered its sympathies to the family of the siblings.

"Our school community is deeply saddened by the news of the tragic death of our student, classmate and friend, Bridget," it said in an online post.

"A kind, talented and wonderful girl in so many ways, she will always hold a special place in our hearts.

"May her gentle soul rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family on this sad day and we pray for a full and speedy recovery for her brother, Paddy."

Bishop of Elphin, Kevin Doran also said: "I join with the parish community of Ahascragh and Caltra, in asking God to give his consolation and strength to the Ward family, and to guide those who are caring for Paddy in hospital.

"May Jesus, whose Resurrection we celebrated on Easter Sunday, be close to Bridget and give her eternal life with all the saints.

"I offer my condolences also to the community of Creggane Estate and to the teachers and all their young friends at Eglish National School.”

Bridget's funeral is due to take place in Ahascragh tomorrow at 11am.

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