Brave Cork girl involved in recent traumatic car crash makes Holy Communion



A CORK girl, who was praised by her mother for her bravery when she was involved in a car crash last week, made her First Holy Communion this weekend.

Ellie Walsh (9), a student at St Joseph’s National School in Glanmire, was involved in a recent traumatic car incident in Castlelyons which resulted in her mother, Caroline Bailey, breaking her neck and pelvis at three places.

Talk to Echo Last week Caroline, who forms half of the popular Cork band Sparkle with her fiancee Jen, thanked her daughter for keeping them both calm so they could escape the vehicle safely.

“She kept her cool and listened to everything I had to say. That’s what got us out of the car. She is so amazing, ”she said.

Caroline said the car rolled over three times until it finally came to a stop and left them in the air.

Miraculously, Ellie only had to spend one night at Cork University Hospital for observation.

Caroline, who is still recovering in the hospital, was unable to attend Ellie’s Communion but was visited by her daughter that day.

“The day was the best it could be.

“Ellie was the happiest girl anyway.

“We all got to see each other which was amazing and everyone at CUH is just angels,” Caroline said.

Fortunately, Caroline has been reassured by doctors that she will eventually be able to walk again and that she is expected to go home this week.


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