“She was my angel”- Little Santina Cawley laid to rest

“She was my angel”- Little Santina Cawley laid to rest

A Cork toddler who was murdered in the city last week was laid to rest today.

A large crowd of mourners gathered at the North Cathedral this morning for the funeral mass of two-year-old Santina Cawley.

A letter from Santina’s mother Bridget, read out by Fr Oscar O’Leary, said:

“She was my angel.

“She always made me smile and laugh.

“She always knew what she wanted and she was very fond of the Teletubbies.

“If other children were around and the Teletubbies were on she would tell them, even at the age of two, to hush because she wanted to watch it.”

The funeral cortege of two-year-old Santina Cawley leaves North Cathedral, Cork.Pic: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision
The funeral cortege of two-year-old Santina Cawley leaves North Cathedral, Cork.Pic: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Bridget sat in the front row facing a framed photo of her daughter which was placed on a table at the foot of the altar.

Santina was, as Fr O’Leary said, “on the very threshold of life”.

The tiny white coffin of the Cork toddler lay in the centre of the church at the front of the altar, adorned with flowers and a framed photo of her.

Three signs made of flowers beside the coffin that read ‘Sister’, ‘Daughter’ and ‘Santina’ were surrounded by balloons adorned with messages of love, loss, and photographs of the Cork toddler.

Santina was laid to rest at St Catherine's Cemetery, Kilcully following this morning’s Mass of the Angels.

She is survived by her mother Bridget O'Donoghue, father Michael Cawley, sister Candice, brothers Michael, Patrick and Thomas and grandmother Eileen.

Michael Cawley, father of two-year-old Santina with her mother Bridget at her funeral at North Cathedral.Pic: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision
Michael Cawley, father of two-year-old Santina with her mother Bridget at her funeral at North Cathedral.Pic: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Gardaí investigating Santina’s murder issued a fresh appeal for information in recent days, urging anyone who was in the Elderwood Estate or Boreenanmanna Road areas between 1am and 5.30am last Friday to contact them.

Investigators are particularly appealing to those with dashcam or mobile phone footage from the area.

Santina was found in a critical condition at the Elderwood complex shortly after 5am last Friday.

She was rushed to hospital but later died from her injuries.

A murder investigation was launched following a postmortem examination on Saturday.

Gardaí arrested a woman in her 30s this week.

She was later released without charge and a file will be prepared for the DPP.

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