Many hundreds of mourners have attended the funeral of Eilidh MacLeod in Castlebay.
The service in Our Lady, Star of the Sea was relayed to mourners in nearby Castlebay
Many people gathered outside to hear the service on loudspeakers.
Parish Priest, Fr John Paul MacKinnon celebrated the Mass.
In his introduction, Fr MacKinnon said: “My dear brothers and sisters, today we come
together here on our beautiful island of Barra as a family, as “one big family” to
pray as a family for our dear beautiful Eilidh MacLeod.
“Eilidh was taken from us at such a young age and we are hurting and in pain with
the loss of Eilidh from our lives.”
In his homily, Fr MacKinnon highlighted: “Eilidh packed a lot into her 14 years.
“Eilidh was a happy girl, she had 14 happy years and in the last few days of her
life she was the happiest you could ever imagine.
“The last thing in Eilidh’s life was happiness- she had spent a wonderful weekend
away from the island, going shopping, going to nice cafes, going to the cinema and
then going to her pop idol’s concert, Ariana. She was the happiest she had ever been
and that’s what we hold onto today - the happiness of Eilidh’s life.
“Those memories of Eilidh will live on in all our hearts. Every year of her life
was precious to us and we thank God for blessing us with her precious life.”
“Roddy and Marion were blessed with a beautiful daughter, Shona and Laura were blessed
with a wonderful sister, our island was blessed to have such a young talented girl
growing up on it.
“Even though there is a great sadness here today there is a great thankfulness to
God for blessing us with Eilidh’s life. Our loss is heaven’s gain.”
Fr MacKinnon also offered thanks on behalf of Eilidh’s parents and all the MacLeod
family: “I thank you all for being here today for their beautiful daughter Eilidh.
The family have been overwhelmed by the great generosity and love that they have
received ever since they lost their Eilidh.
“The huge number of prayers, and messages and cards and gifts and love and support
the family has received has been appreciated and has overwhelmed the family.”
The congregation also prayed for Laura MacIntyre: “We pray for Eilidh’s good friend
Laura, who is in hospital in Manchester, we pray to our Lord Jesus to bring strength
and healing to Laura in her recovery and to give strength and peace to her parents
and family at this time.”
Prayers were also offered for all those affected by the Manchester attack - people
who died or injured and those who feel pain and hurt.
Hundreds attend funeral of Barra teenager Eilidh MacLeod
5 June 2017
Eilidh’s mother and father each took a cord as the coffin was carried from their
home to the nearby chapel.