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Saturday 27 May 2017

Cyclist killed in crash was planning her wedding

Donna Fox (right) with her partner Anne Marie Ryan
Donna Fox (right) with her partner Anne Marie Ryan
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

The young Dublin cyclist killed by a truck was planning on marrying her partner and building a house, and a life, together.

The couple were also due to go on holidays this weekend.

Donna with her late mother Catherine
Donna with her late mother Catherine

Donna Fox (30) was on her way to work in Meagher's Pharmacy on Barrow Street near the Grand Canal Basin when the tragedy happened in the North Dock/East Wall area shortly before 11am on Tuesday.

A passing motorist tried to help Donna, but her injuries were too severe to survive.

Ms Fox's partner of three years, Anne Marie Ryan, said they did "everything together" and never thought she would be planning the funeral of the woman she loved so dearly.

Ms Ryan was in work at the City North Hotel on Tuesday when she heard the tragic news.

Donna poses for a selfie with her dog
Donna poses for a selfie with her dog

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"I could see a garda down the corridor, and then I was brought into a room with Donna's father Peter and sister Leanne. I knew something was up, and then they told me what had happened," she explained.

Donna and Anne Marie met online and were planning on building a house together.

"We had hoped to build a life together, and get married after building a small house. We were actually due to go to a self-build expo on Saturday before going on holidays to Spain with my sister and her boyfriend on Sunday," Anne Marie said.

"She was sweet, kind-hearted and loving, and she always knew what I was thinking. And I know she loved me as much as I loved her. We did everything together," she said.

Outdoors

"Donna loved being outdoors, she could do anything. She said I was the better cook so while she was out putting up fences or something in the rain I would be inside making the dinner."

Donna and Anne Marie were currently living in a mobile home beside her father Peter's home until they could build a more permanent house. Donna's mother Catherine died from cancer in 2011 in her early 50s.

"We had plans here, but I never thought I would be planning a funeral from our mobile home," said Tipperary native Anne Marie.

Ms Ryan said Donna had often complained about the layout of cycle lanes in Dublin. "Donna used to say it annoyed her that cycle lanes in the city start and stop without consistency. She would be very annoyed about it," said Anne Marie.

"Donna and I had been on charity cycles to Galway in the past, and she made that trip to work every day, so she was competent on a bike. We don't know what exactly happened."

Donna's father Peter spoke emotionally of his daughter, who was the second child of three children. "I can honestly say Donna never let me down, ever," he said. "She could turn her hand to anything."

Colleagues at Meagher's Pharmacy said they had become concerned for Donna when she did not show up for work on time. "She would always be 15 minutes early, so we thought something was up, then we heard from Donna's dad," said one colleague. "She was the nicest person you could meet."

Irish Independent

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