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RIP Tragic bride-to be Laura Connolly to be laid to rest on Thursday

Her funeral will leave her home at 10am for Requiem Mass in St Patrick`s Church, Murlog, Lifford at 11am with interment afterwards in the adjoining cemetery

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Laura Connolly

Laura Connolly

Laura Connolly

The funeral of tragic bride-to be Laura Connolly will take place in Co Donegal on Thursday.

The 34-year-old who was killed in a hit-and-run incident on Sunday will be laid to rest after Requiem Mass in St Patrick`s Church, Murlog, Lifford at 11am.

Laura was returning home from a family party in Lifford at about 2.45am on Sunday when she was struck by a white van.

It later emerged that she had been out window shopping for wedding dresses just a few hours earlier.

She had just said goodbye to a friend as she walked towards Townspark, Lifford, on the N15 road when she was struck by a white van which failed to remain at the scene.

The young woman was rushed by ambulance to Letterkenny University Hospital where she was pronounced dead a short time later.

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Laura Connolly

Laura Connolly

Laura Connolly

Laura’s devastated partner Joe McCullagh and the couple’s young son Jamie are being consoled by family and friends.

The couple, who were teenage sweethearts, were due to tie the knot next year according to friends.

Her death notice in RIP.ie states that Laura was the “cherished daughter of Rosemary and Jimmy, much loved partner of Joe, dearly loved mother of Jamie, loving sister of James, and the late baby Theresa and beloved granddaughter of Theresa and the late Andy Connolly and the late Rose and Foncie Brennan.”

It states that her funeral will leave her home on Thursday at 10am for Requiem Mass in St Patrick`s Church, Murlog, Lifford at 11am with interment afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

“Deeply regretted by her heartbroken parents, partner, son, brother, granny and family circle,” it adds.

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Numerous heart-breaking messages have been left in the condolences section.

One reads: “Sincere sympathy to you all at this sad time on the passing of Laura, may she rest in peace.”

Another adds: “Rest in peace Laura, very sad loss for all the family. Beautiful looking lady, God be with you always, be happy with the angels.”

“Sincere sympathy to you all on the tragic death of such a beautiful young woman. I will pray for your beloved Laura. May the Lord give ye strength in the weeks and months ahead,” another person has written.

Speaking earlier, Parish priest of Lifford Fr Colm O'Doherty revealed how Laura and Joe had come to see him about making arrangements for their big day

"They were excited and I was naturally delighted for them,” he said

"They had chosen September of next year and I was very happy for them and their young son.

"But you just don't know how things can change so quickly.

Fr Colm revealed how he has made himself a promise to remember Laura and her family in a special way on what would have been the couple's big day.

"I don't know what we will do but we will mark it in some special way. It's the least we can do," he said

He paid tribute to the community of Lifford and the wider community in Donegal.

The popular priest has visited Laura's family on a number of occasions since the tragedy in the early hours of Sunday morning.

He said people sometimes showed the greatest support when they say nothing at all.

He added: "Laura's family have been amazing considering all they have been through.

"And the community have been so supportive. Sometimes there has been silence but just by being there is enough.

"Sometimes words are not needed and all we need to be is to be there for somebody.

"I cannot speak highly enough of the community and what they have done since this awful tragedy."

Gardaí had issued an appeal for the driver involved in the incident to come forward.

A man was later arrested under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act. Sean Connaughton (50) who has an address in Dundalk, Co Louth appeared in court charged with road traffic offences relating to a fatal hit-and-run collision in Donegal which claimed Laura’s life.

A file has been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions for further directions.

The matter was adjourned to October 18 and bail was granted on Mr Connaughton’s own bond of €100.

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