THE young woman killed in a freak storm accident was on her way to a removal mass for an elderly resident in the nursing home in which she worked.
It's understood Aisling Maguire was travelling to the mass for an elderly woman whom she had cared for when tragedy struck.
Tributes are continuing to pour in for the woman who had planned to return to college to train as a nurse.
Aisling (23), from Moyvore, Co Westmeath, died on Wednesday evening after a tree crushed her car as she was driving towards Mullingar.
The accident happened near the Greenpark Meadow housing estate in Mullingar as the young care worker was driving into town just after 4pm.
Locals in the tiny village of Moyvore told of their shock at the death, remembering Aisling as a lovely girl who was deeply involved in the community.
Friends told how Aisling, a care assistant at Newbrook Nursing Home, had planned to return to college to train as a nurse.
"It's what she always wanted to do. She loved working at the nursing home, she really loved it but her big plan was to become a nurse and she always planned to go back to college. She would have been wonderful at it," said one heartbroken friend.
Aisling's devastated parents, Gerry and Geraldine, were being comforted by their son, Eoghan, today as their second son Brendan travelled home from Australia.
Brendan has lived in Australia for a number of years and Aisling, the only girl and baby of the family, had visited him there earlier this year.
"She had a fantastic holiday in April or May, she really had a great time. Brendan was home last Christmas and wasn't supposed to be back this year but with this news he has a terrible journey to make," he added.
Aisling was a member of the local Loughnavalley GAA club and had loved sport. Members of the club were too upset to speak today. "She was a very popular girl and she was very involved in the football. She had hurt her leg and wasn't playing recently but she was just as involved," said one friend.
Locals also told of their shock that the accident had occurred on what was considered a safe stretch of road. "It's unbelievable. Of all the places on the road for something to happen like that, you would never think it could be there," said one.