Tragic loss: Lavinia was ‘beautiful, warm, fun and happy’, say relatives

Nick Rabbitts


Nick Rabbitts

THE funeral of a “beautiful, warm, fun and happy” mother-of-one who tragically died after a house fire this week will take place on Saturday.

THE funeral of a “beautiful, warm, fun and happy” mother-of-one who tragically died after a house fire this week will take place on Saturday.

Lavinia O’Halloran, just 30, was rescued from a blaze at the home she had just moved into near Sexton Street CBS, on Monday teatime.

The youngest of 11 children, Lavinia was rushed to the Mid-Western Regional Hospital, and then transferred to Cork University Hospital. But medics were unable to revive her, and she later passed away from her injuries. Lavinia’s funeral will take place at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church on Saturday morning at 10am.

The whole of Janesboro has been left shocked by the tragedy, and are rallying around to support the O’Halloran family, in particular Lavinia’s young son Ryan, who is just four years old. He was with his aunt Majella in Janesboro when the tragedy occurred.

Speaking to the Limerick Leader, Lavinia’s brother-in-law Ger Finnan said she had the youngster’s future all planned out. He was the centre of her life.

“Her whole world revolved around Ryan. She had his future all planned out. She planned for him to go to an Irish school so he can speak fluent Irish,” Ger recalled.

Ryan was already attending the Naonaire as gaeilge preschool in Thomas Street, while eventually, it is hoped he will go to Gaelcholaiste Luimni, in Sir Harry’s Mall.

At Christmas time, Lavinia had just moved into her own house on Sexton Street, and was looking forward to settling down and finding a part-time job to support her son.

At just 14 years old, Lavinia - who comes from a large and very well known family on the southside - was a Munster Irish dancing champion, and had aspirations of going onto greater things.

Sadly, Ger said, she broke her leg before a big event, and this cut her career short.

“But she will mainly be remembered for having a fantastic laugh. She was the life and soul of the party really. She loved laughter, and making people happy,” he said, “She was beautiful, fun, warm and happy. She could empathise with so many people. I don’t think there was a person who didn’t know her.”

Lavinia is survived by her son Ryan, mother May, father Billy, brothers Edward, Niall, Dermot, Adrian, Declan and Kieran, and sisters Mary, Majella and Catherine.

Her remains will be removed from Cross’s Funeral Home on Friday at 7pm to Our Lady Queen of Peace Church. Requiem Mass on Saturday at 10am with burial afterwards in Mount St. Oliver Cemetery.

Roxboro Gardai are investigating the tragedy, but do not believe the fire was malicious.