Zoey Coffey Wiki – Zoey Coffey Biography
The funeral of 18-year-old Zoey Coffey took place today in the town of Clonmel, County Tipperary, eight days after she was involved in the accident that claimed four lives. Zoey, her two 18-year-old friends, Nicole Murphy and Grace McSweeney, along with 24-year-old Luke McSweeney, died when the car they were driving crashed while they were on their way to meet friends to celebrate their exam results. Students from Presentation High School, where the three girls had been pupils, formed an honor guard as Zoey’s pink and white coffin was carried to St Peter and St Paul’s Church in Clonmel this morning. In a eulogy, Clara Coffey revealed that just yesterday the family had been informed that Zoey had been accepted onto a teacher training course and paid tribute to her “intelligent, witty and kind” sister.
Yesterday we found out that she received the offer to be a teacher, a dream she had since she was a child. “Zoey was a kind, patient, enthusiastic and selfless girl and I have no doubt she would have been the best teacher.” She added: “We were and always will be very proud of what Zoey has achieved.” Because of her small size, she was larger than life, her presence was felt in every room because of her big personality.’ ‘She put everyone’s needs before her own and would help anyone. Zoey was my best friend, we were always very close growing up and I never did anything without her. ‘We couldn’t have asked for a better mother. She did – and she still does – everything for us and we are so lucky to have so many memories to look back on; Vacations, getaways, karaoke sessions in the car, love and laughter.’
Father Michael Toomey told those present that this had been the darkest week for Tipperary. He said: ‘Today we come, for many of us for the third day in a row, to the funeral of a fun, happy and central person in our lives. ‘Zoey went to school at Saint Oliver’s and then Presentation High School. ‘Zoey loved to dance. At the age of three she was a member of On Your Toes, but she kept her mother and anyone who bothered her on alert. “It was in the majorettes that she became best friends with Grace McSweeney and the two were inseparable from then on.” She added: ‘Zoey loved playing with her dolls and, as a child, she always wanted to be a school teacher because of the inspiration her teachers had in her. “Upon receiving her Leaving Certificate results last week, she was hoping to go to Mary Immaculate College and fulfill her dream of becoming a teacher.”
Zoey Coffey was 18 years old.
Father Toomey also remembered Tom and Bridget O’Reilly and their grandson Tom O’Reilly, who died in another accident in Cashel on Tuesday. He said: “May our prayers here give them, their families and the people of Cashel love and support in Tipperary’s darkest week.” Bishop Cullinan led the final prayers of commendation. He said: “The whole country has been affected by the tragedy that occurred in Clonmel last Friday night and by the loss of such wonderful young people whose lives have been cut too short.” The funeral for all three members of the O’Reilly family will take place in Cashel on Sunday. Luke and Grace McSweeney’s funeral took place at the same church on Friday as the town of 17,000 stopped to mourn those killed in the crash. Solemn crowds lined the streets yesterday as two hearses carrying the brothers’ coffins drove side by side through the city, while Irish President Michael D. Higgins, Major Claire Mortimer, aide-de-camp representing the Taoiseach , and Education Minister Norma Foley joined mourners at the church. The siblings’ parents described Grace as a “princess who was born to shine” and her brother as “a warrior.” Her mother, Brigid McSweeney, said: “Grace was gentle and very shy and she always needed a friend by her side.”
Luke was strong, not only in body but also in mind. Grace’s assistant principal said she had “exemplary warmth and kindness” and added that her friend Zoey Coffey was her “partner in crime and best friend” who “will remain together forever in heaven and in our hearts.” “Grace was a credit to a wonderful, close-knit family who have always been, rightly, proud of their beautiful and kind daughter and sister.” Luke’s girlfriend Kelly, whom she met in 2021, described him as his “best friend and biggest supporter.” Her friends said that she “would have done anything” for her sister and that she loved her family more than anything in the world.” Her mother said that she “always wanted to make the world a better place.” The service also heard a message from MMA fighter Conor McGregor, who was a “hero” to Luke. He said: ‘I just want to send my deepest condolences to Luke and his family. I just want to say rest in peace Luke. ‘I hear many, many things about you. You’re a good man. I’m very sad hearing this news and I want to send my well wishes and my condolences.’