March 2, 2021
Business News

Tributes paid to Wicklow cafe owner who was killed by her own car

Tributes have been paid to Fiona Whelan (35), the popular owner of the Perch Cafe in Baltinglass who was killed by her own car in a tragic accident over the weekend.

Fiona died after her car rolled forward and struck her in the front yard of her home in Hacketstown, Co Carlow at 3.20pm on Saturday where she was pronounced dead at the scene before her body was taken to Waterford Regional Hospital.

The Baltinglass Matters Facebook page posted the following statement describing FIona as a “very special person” who was “known, respected and appreciated by people in the area”.

“The unexpected loss of such a vibrant young woman has left us stunned.”

It added that she was “an excellent businesswoman with a positive attitude towards enhancing the community in general”.

“Many people can testify to her quiet generosity, advice and support, and her caring nature.”

Knockannanna GAA in Co Wicklow invited the local community to pay tribute to Ms Whelan at the Holy Cross at the village crossroads by leaving cards or notes for her family along with candles.

“One person will light all the candles at 9pm for the next few nights to remember Fiona,” the club said.

Her funeral details are as follows:

In loving memory of Fiona Whelan, Rathnagrew, Hacketstown, Co. Carlow and The Perch, Baltinglass – 11th April 2020 following a tragic accident. Deeply regretted by her loving partner Michael (Byrne), parents Mary and Jimmy, brother Declan, sister Siobhán, nephew Jack, uncles, aunts, relatives, neighbours and many friends.

May Fiona rest in peace

Due to current guidelines regarding public gatherings, a private Funeral will take place in The Church of the Immaculate Conception, Knockananna on Wednesday at 11 o’c. Fiona’s Funeral Mass can be viewed at 12.30 on the Knockananna GAA Facebook page.

If you would like to leave a personal message of condolences, you may do so in the “Condolences” section below.

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