Amanda Kinsella would want people to live life to the full, mourners heard at her Funeral Mass today.
The young Carlow woman, aged 27, lost her life following a tragic accident at Barnesmore Gap, outside Donegal Town last Friday afternoon.
The popular young teacher had been attending a wedding in Donegal. She was travelling to the after-party in a bus when she fell from the vehicle and was struck by a passing car.
Amanda’s love for life, family, friends and travel were celebrated at her Funeral mass at St. Mary’s Church in her hometown of Bennekerry.
Parish Priest Fr Tom Little said it would be Amanda’s wish for people to carry on her love of life in the wake of the tragedy.
“The accident has left a huge hole in our life,” Fr Little said.
“One of her great wishes I suppose in life, is that Ciara and Kevin, whose wedding she attended, would never be ruined by what happened.”
Fr Little said that Amanda would not have wished for the person who ordered the bus, nor the driver in the accident, to “ live their live totally depressed and down and out because of that happened”.
“She would want people to live life to the full,” he said.
Amanda’s great loves were also represented in the gifts presented to the altar – a GAA jersey, a globe and a photo of her with the love of her life, her boyfriend Brendan.
“She had a smile that would light up the room,” Amanda’s brother David said in the eulogy.
“She lifted spirits wherever she went, she was the life and soul of the party.”
“Nothing feared her, as long as she was with friends and family, she was happy.”
David recounted his sister’s many sporting achievements and the many travel goals she fulfilled – from living in the US, to Oman and then Bahrain.
On the day of her death, David said that Amanda was doing what she loved – “spending time with great friends.”
One of her sayings, he said, was “one day your life will flash before your eyes, make sure yours is worth watching.”
May she Rest in Peace