Sadness at tragic death of ‘popular and caring’ woman

Aileen Hahesy

Aileen Hahesy

The 49 year-old Clonmel woman, who died tragically in a car accident on the Clonmel to Ardfinnan Road last week, was a caring woman who will always be remembered for her loving kindness to others, her funeral Mass was told this week.

The heartbreaking funeral of accident victim Patricia (Tricia) Bray from Kilballygorman, Ardfinnan on Monday morning was one of the biggest seen in Ardfinnan in many years.

Local councillor Michael Anglim, who knew Patricia and her husband James, said the entire community was devastated and shocked by this awful tragedy. Patricia (nee Brannigan), who was originally from Baron Park in Clonmel, was killed in a crash at Knocklofty on the Clonmel to Ardfinnan Road around 12.30pm last Thursday. The car she was driving was involved in collision with a tractor near Knocklofty Bridge. She was the sole occupant of the car. A garda spokesman said the car was travelling from the direction of Clonmel while the tractor was travelling in the opposite direction when the accident occurred.

Mrs Bray died at the accident scene and her remains were brought to South Tipperary General Hospital. The driver of the tractor was not physically injured but was deeply traumatised.

Up to her untimely death, Patricia cared for her husband, who has been in ill health.

At the Requeim Mass at the Holy Family Church in Ardfinnan on Monday, Fr Bobby Power, PP of Ardfinnan paid tribute to Patricia’s caring, selfless and loving nature.

He told the packed church of mourners that Patricia would always be remembered for her loving kindness to others. She was always there for others, particularly her family.

Fr Power told The Nationalist, he wished to extend condolences to Mrs Bray’s grieving family on behalf of the parish, and paid tribute to the people of the local community for the support they have given her family in the past week.

“The one thing that came across to me in the last few days is the tremendous support they have given James. Her death has devastated the whole community,” he said.

Patricia was laid to rest in St Finnian’s Cemetery in Ardfinnan following the Requiem Mass.

As well as her husband James, she is survived by her brothers, sisters, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a large circle of friends.