‘Little angel’ Mari laid to rest

Little angel, five-year-old Mari Keane Connolly, was laid to rest following a heart-rending funeral service in Boyle on Tuesday.

Little angel, five-year-old Mari Keane Connolly, was laid to rest following a heart-rending funeral service in Boyle on Tuesday.

Tragic Mari died after as fire engulfed her father’s home at Termon Road, Boyle last Monday morning in a blaze which gardai have ‘suspicious’.

Mari’s father, Richard Connolly was severely injured escaping the blaze and although was able to persuade his two eldest daughters to jump to safety, little Mari did not escape.

Mr Connolly had been looking after his daughters while his former partner, Teresa Keane, was in hospital giving birth to twin daughters.

Brave Mr Connolly suffered a broken back and punctured lung after he fell escaping his home. Although in hospital in Dublin, Mr Connolly vowed to be there with his little girl for her final journey.

To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.