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'Loved and adored' Tributes paid to young Dundalk woman who tragically died during trip to Prague

"So many people have been in contact wanting to help Daire's family at this very difficult time"

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Tributes have been paid to young Dundalk woman Daire Nì Heidhin

Tributes have been paid to young Dundalk woman Daire Nì Heidhin

Tributes have been paid to young Dundalk woman Daire Nì Heidhin

Tributes have continued to be paid to a young Dundalk woman who tragically died during a last minute holiday to Prague. 

The trip turned to tragedy when 29-year-old Daire Ni Heidhin, from Park Drive, took ill in the Czech capital and later died.

She had been with friends on a city break when she was rushed to hospital where she sadly passed away on Saturday.

Her parents Tony and Jennifer, who travelled out to Prague, were offered consular assistance from the Irish Embassy.

Daire had recently started playing Gaelic football with the Dundalk Young Ireland’s ladies’ team which paid tribute to her on their Facebook page.

“Early this morning our friend and comrade Daire was taken from us and given her angel wings,” they wrote. “We are all devastated for her and her family and friends. Life can be so cruel. Far too young to leave us. You will be sadly missed by all your team mates at the DYI where you were much loved and adored.”

Chairman Barry McDermott, who remembered her as “the life and soul of the party”, recalled she had broken her nail on her first training session with the club.

He told the Argus that he thought that would be the end of it, but she didn’t let that deter her and she soon became an integral member of the club, earning the love and respect of her team mates.

Dundalk Young Ireland also posted a link to a GoFundMe page that was set up to help with repatriation costs.

“As you are all aware, we lost a fellow team mate this weekend. Daire has passed away abroad so it is going to cost her family an absolute fortune to bring her home to her final resting place,” they added.

“If you could share a few quid towards this it with be much appreciated. Rest easy princess.”

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The link brings people to the page that was set up by friend Niamh Kerley two days ago and already €18,817 has been raised of a €10,000 goal.

“So many people have been in contact wanting to help Daire's family at this very difficult time,” Niamh wrote.

“So in response to people's kindness, we Daire's friends, have decided to set up this Go Fund Me page to allow people to help and support her family in bringing her home.

“All excess funds will be donated to the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust.”

Taking to Facebook, Niamh shared a warm tribute to her friend: “In the words of our favourite Westlife ‘You find it in the deepest friendship, the kind you cherish all your life’.

"Only a fraction of the memories that we got to share with you Daire Nì Heidhin. Memories we will treasure forever.”

She added in an earlier post: “The sister I never had, my partner in crime and my bridesmaid to be. I will love you forever and always Daire, xxxxxx."

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