Mourners at the funeral of fourteen year old Elisha Gault will place white flowers in the River Suir in memory of the tragic teenager as part of her funeral procession this Thursday in Carrick-on-Suir.
In an emotional statement, Elisha's mum Grainne thanked the emergency services for their work in "getting our baby back" and the support received from the public in the eight days of searches for their "beautiful" daughter.
"Civil Defence, River Rescue, Carrick-on-suir, Clonmel, Waterford Garda and all the other teams, locals, businesses of Carrick and the list goes on, from the bottom of our hearts, getting our baby back was the greatest gift you could have given us, so we can lay our beautiful wee angel to rest."
"I cannot thank you all strongly enough for the support you have shown myself, her father Cameron Moore, her sisters Bhrianna Gault, Chloe-Nicole King and Saoirse Gault and all her extended family and friends, over those 8 dreaded days and continue to come forward with your heartfelt condolences," she added.
The Carrick-on-Suir teenager was last seen on St. Patrick's night, March 17, on Dillon Bridge in the town. Hundreds of volunteers supported the massive search operation for the Comeragh College student including the gardaí, civil defence, the Coast Guard, Carrick River Rescue, Waterford Marine Search and Rescue, Nenagh Search and Rescue and Mallow Search and Rescue. The body of the missing teenager was recovered from the River Suir on Sunday evening.
“My gorgeous beautiful Elisha had a genuine soul but she was a troubled girl, for reasons I won't discuss at this moment in time. She had a very loving family, friends and Edge Ydp who done their upmost to heal and support her but unfortunately we were unsuccessful. I have a hole in my heart that will never be filled, we had the funniest moments as did anyone who knows her, she was her own person and I just wish we had the answer that could have gave her inner strength," said Elisha's devastated mother.
"We extend our welcome to anyone who has been affected by Elisha Gaults story and we want you all to celebrate her laugh, we want laughter and music, because she so loved her tunes, she always wanted to make everyone happy with her messing, so I want to end the day in that spirit, I want the presence of Elisha, our wee Egg, to be felt in the most positive way possible."
Funeral details: Reposing at her residence on Wednesday from 12 noon all day. Removal from her residence on Thursday morning at 10am to the Church of the Assumption, Piltown for Funeral Mass at 11am. Burial afterwards in the adjoining Cemetery. Family Flowers Only.
Donations, if desired, to Carrick-on-Suir River Rescue and the Edge Youth Centre.
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