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Family of Irish woman and daughter (2) killed in Poland 'shattered' by deaths

NewsBy David Raleigh
Sad: Ms Long and her young daughter were killed in a collision near Krakow in Poland
Sad: Ms Long and her young daughter were killed in a collision near Krakow in Poland

The family of an Irish woman and her young daughter killed in Poland yesterday are 'shattered' by their deaths.

Well known Limerick horse trainer John Long's daughter Yvonne, (30), and his granddaughter Ella, (2), were killed instantly when a car collided with their vehicle near Krakow.

Ms Long's husband, Soren, a pilot from Denmark, and their other daughter, aged six months, who were also in the car at the time of the collision, are being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Ms Long's uncle Ronnie Long, a former President of Athletics Ireland, said he understands the family's car was stationary when it was struck by another vehicle at around lunchtime yesterday.

"It happened in Poland. It's emerged they were parked when they were hit. They had been at a wedding earlier and we're going back home to Norway. Ella would have been three in August," Mr Long said.

He described Yvonne, originally from Kilcornan, West Limerick, as "a most beautiful looking girl".

"We were looking at pictures of her this morning, she was a fabulous looking girl.

"She was an artist and colour was her major thing. She had attended Edinburgh University. Her husband is a Danish pilot but they are living in Norway."

Mr Long said he visited Yvonne's devastated parents John and his wife Angela last night after news broke about the fatal collision.

"I was out with John and Angela. They're shattered.

"Yvonne was to come home in August for a few weeks. Little Ella would have been three then," he added.

The devastated parents were last night liaising with the Department of Foreign Affairs to arrange funeral arrangements.

A relative said the couple have three other children, Gary, Ian who lives in Canada, and Viv who is training to be a helicopter pilot in the US.

"They're all very good kids. We just can't believe it. I'm so shocked. The Department of Foreign Affairs have been very good helping the family out," Mr Long said.

He added: "Yvonne was such a popular child and a beautiful woman."