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'Devastating' GoFundMe for woman who died during Galtymore charity climb raises €61K

Cora O’Grady (51) was climbing Galtymore with her two children when she became unwell at the summit at around 1pm.

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Cora O'Grady

Cora O'Grady

Cora O'Grady

A community fundraising effort to support the children of a Cork woman who tragically died in the Galtee Mountains in Tipperary on Saturday has raised over €60,000.

Cora O’Grady (51) was climbing Galtymore with her two children when she became unwell at the summit at around 1pm.

Ms O’Grady was assisted by paramedics who made efforts to resuscitate her. However, tragically she was pronounced dead at the scene at around 2pm.

Ms O’Grady, from Robert Street in Mitchelstown, Co. Cork, was part of a group of hikers climbing Galtymore as part of former RTÉ broadcaster Charlie Bird’s Climb With Charlie campaign to raise funds for the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association and Pieta.

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The late Cora O'Grady.

The late Cora O'Grady.

The late Cora O'Grady.

Now, a GoFundMe page has been set up to support her two “wonderful children” Luke and Lilly.

In just over a day, the fundraiser received over 1,406 donations totalling over €61,000.

“Cora adored her two children and devoted every waking hour to them. They were her life,” the GoFundMe page read.

“Cora will be sadly missed by all who know her. As a community, everyone wants to offer their help, so we have set up this page.

“All funds raised will help support Cora's two wonderful children, Luke and Lilly. Any donations will be greatly appreciated.”

Those who wish to donate to the cause can do so here.

Family and friends will gather in the Chapel of Rest in Mitchelstown, Co. Cork on Wednesday where Ms O’Grady will repose from 5pm to 7pm.

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Her funeral cortege will travel from the Chapel of Rest on Friday to the Church of Mary Conceived Without Sin for a funeral mass at noon.

She will be laid to rest afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

Following her death, former RTÉ broadcaster Charlie Bird offered his condolences to Ms O’Grady’s family online.

Taking to Twitter on Monday morning, the 72-year-old said: “I want to offer my condolences this morning to the family and friends of Cora O' from Mitchelstown in County Cork.

“Cora who was climbing in the Galty mountains took ill and passed away. Her family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers.”

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