Tributes after Tyrone woman dies abroad

Published Monday, 21 July 2014
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The Co Tyrone community is said to be "shocked" by the death of a local woman, who was killed while on holiday in Bulgaria at the weekend.

Rosaleen Donaghy died in the early hours of Saturday after she and her husband were knocked down as they walked to their apartment.

Mrs Donaghy, in her early 50s, was a mother-of-four from Donaghmore, near Dungannon.

Prayers were said for her at St Patrick's Church in the village on Sunday.

A Foreign Office spokesperson said "we are providing consular assistance at this sad time".

Sinn Féin Mid Ulster MP Francie Molloy told UTV: "My understanding of it is that it was a hit-and-run and both Brian and Rosaleen were taken to hospital, but Rosaleen died.

"Brian is recovering thankfully and the family are now trying to make sure that the remains are brought home as quickly as possible."

Mr Molloy described the feeling in the local community.

"The tragedy is just hitting people - the fact a young mother was killed on holidays," he said.

"The whole community is numbed by it. Our thoughts go out to the immediate family and the wider family."

SDLP MLA for Mid Ulster, Patsy McGlone passed on his condolences.

"This is tragic news for the Donaghy family, their friends and the local community," he said.

"A sudden death at any time is understandably traumatic, however, when it occurs abroad it must be very distressing.

"The family has been in contact with my office seeking assistance with repatriation of Mrs Donaghy's body. I will do all I can to help them at this very sad time."

He added: "My thoughts and prayers are with the Donaghy family at this very difficult time."

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