A Liverpool FC fan suffered the “week from hell” after both her sisters died within days of each other.
Maura Burke from County Wicklow in Ireland found out that her younger sister had died while she was about to watch her older sister’s funeral on a laptop.
Sisters Breda, 92, and Una, 86, both contracted coronavirus and Breda died with the disease on Saturday, February 6.
Maura’s granddaughter, Jacqueline Donegan, 25, told the ECHO: “Both of Maura’s sisters got Covid, luckily she lives on the opposite side of town.
“Her older sister, Breda, developed pneumonia and died on Saturday morning.
“With full lockdown we couldn’t go to the funeral, so she couldn’t even say goodbye.
“On Wednesday, the day of Breda’s funeral, Una’s daughter went to pick [Una] up for the funeral.
“She let herself in and started calling her name but got no answer. They then went upstairs and found her dead on the floor.”
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It was then left to the family to break the news to Maura – who was about to watch her older sister’s funeral on a laptop.
Jacqueline said: “There’s no words, there’s no words. She was very close to her sisters.
“We walked into the kitchen and she was already standing there crying over Breda.
“When my mam told her that they had found Una I thought she was going to break her wrist.
“She slammed her hand down and started screaming, ‘no no no’. Then she collapsed in our arms.”
Jacqueline said her nan is a massive Liverpool FC fan and the one thing that’s helping her carry on is her love for the team.
She said Maura never misses a match and after attending Una’s funeral, the only thing that got her to stop crying was the Liverpool fixture against Leicester the same day.
Jacqueline said: “When the match started she said ‘alright’ and just stopped crying and started watching the game.”
Maura’s love for the Reds comes from her mother, who was born in Liverpool.
Jacqueline is hoping to get Liverpool FC manager Jurgen Klopp and the team to make a video for Maura’s upcoming 90th birthday on March 23.
She has posted photos and videos of her nan on social media, along with a hopeful message to Liverpool FC.
Her Instagram post reads: “This year has been one of the toughest years of her life but last week alone she lost her only two sisters four days apart and is completely devastated!
“For her birthday this year we all wanted to do something really big but unfortunately due to COVID we can’t!
“So instead we are going to try our hardest to reach the people she adores the most… the Liverpool football team and their amazing manager Jürgen Klopp!
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“For years my grandmother has supported Liverpool, to say she is obsessed is an understatement, she is a devoted fan and never misses a match!
“She has been to Anfield numerous times, met old players, dressed up as Klopp for Halloween and even named her dog Rafa after Liverpool’s old manager Rafael Benítez!
“So for her birthday we are trying to get this post and pictures to Jürgen Klopp and all the members of the Liverpool football team, present and old, in hopes they could record a little happy birthday video message for her as we know this would be her dream come true and brighten up the horrible year she has had!”
Jacqueline’s photographs show Maura’s house which looks like a shrine for her beloved team.
She said: “If we ever have boyfriends or anything she asks, ‘are you a Liverpool fan?’ and if they’re not she doesn’t want to know.
“She loves Mo Salah and Klopp, they’re her favourites. She’s got pictures of them all over the house.”
Jacqueline continued: “She’s the best, she’s you’re typical Irish nanny.
“She tries to feed you and make sure you always have money and she gives the best cuddles in the world.
“I could never say a bad word about her as she’s like another mother.”
Jacqueline said a message from Klopp or the Liverpool team would bring real joy to her nan after her terrible time, adding: “It would be the best thing ever. She would be hysterical, I think – she’d be that happy.”