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Irish woman shot dead in attack is named

NewsBy Shuki Byrne
Sad: Lorna Carty was on holidays at the resort when she was callously murdered
Sad: Lorna Carty was on holidays at the resort when she was callously murdered

The Irish woman shot dead alongside 36 others in a terrorist attack in Tunisia has been named.

Lorna Carty, from Robinstown in County Meath, was callously murdered by one of two gunman as she lay on a beach in the tourist resort of Sousse, a popular holiday destination for Irish people and Britons.

Carty, of Retaine in Robinstown, was named as one of the 37 holidaymakers killed during the horrific attack. At least 36 other people were wounded.

The mother-of-two, wife to Declan, was involved with local GAA team Dunderry and is from a well-known family in the area. 

It's understood her son Simon is currently a member of the Meath Senior Football panel.

One family friend said: "Lorna rushed her husband to hospital about a fortnight ago after he was getting pains in his heart. He had to get stents in.

"They went out to Tunisia to have a bit of a holiday after the operation.

"Apparently (her husband) Declan stayed back in the room and she went to the beach."

Ms Carty, whose maiden name is Harlin, was a nurse in a GP surgery in Navan.

Her husband, a dairy farmer, is said to be uninjured but "absolutely distraught".

Images posted on social media show bodies strewn across the white sands of Sousse, a resort popular with European holidaymakers.

Rafik Chelli, one of Tunisia's leading security officials, told Mosaique FM that the gunman who was shot by security forces was unknown to authorities.

He said the man, from the city of Kairouan, came from the beach hiding his Kalashnikov under an umbrella before opening fire on tourists. From there he entered the hotel through the pool, shooting people as he went.

Elizabeth O'Brien, an Irish woman on holiday with her two sons in the resort, described how she grabbed her children and ran for their lives when they heard gunfire erupting from one of the hotels.

''We were on the beach, my sons were in the sea and I just got out of the sea.

"It was about 12 o'clock and I just looked up about 500 metres from me and I saw a (hot air) balloon collapse down, then rapid firing, then I saw two of the people who were going to go up in the balloon start to run towards me - because I thought it was fireworks,'' the Dubliner told RTE Radio.

"So, I thought 'Oh my God, it sounds like gunfire', so I just ran to the sea to my children and grabbed our things and as I was running towards the hotel, the waiters and the security on the beach started saying 'run, run run!' and we just ran to our room, which is like a little bungalow.”

Read: Focus now on establishing whether other Irish citizens were injured or killed in attack.