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Friday 22 September 2017

Devastated family pay tribute to 'superstar' daughter

Crash victim Georgia Doherty (13) who died in a car crash in Derry
Crash victim Georgia Doherty (13) who died in a car crash in Derry

Greg Harkin

The heartbroken family of a 13-year-old girl killed in a car crash say they have lost their "happy-go-lucky superstar".

Georgia Doherty, from Redcastle, Co Donegal died in the Co Derry crash.

Her sister, Lisa McCole, who is 26 and was driving the car, was critically injured in Sunday evening's collision 10kms from Derry city.

They were returning home to Donegal after a day out in Belfast.

"In her short life Georgia touched many people as she was a vivacious, bright, loving and caring girl whose loss will be greatly mourned by all those who came to know her," said her family in a statement.

"Georgia was a very keen sports person and played with distinction for Inishowen Under 14s, at both soccer and Gaelic. Georgia was an ever present at Redcastle FC games and also supported Liverpool and Celtic.

"She was our happy go-lucky superstar."

Weeping school friends were comforted as they arrived at Moville Community College yesterday, as news of the death filtered through to the close-knit Inishowen community.

College Principal Eamonn Ryan paid tribute to Georgia.

He said she was "bright, bubbly and always was full of energy".

A specialist psychologist spent the day with her classmates.

"It is a terrible tragedy for the Doherty family, for our school and the community," said Mr Ryan.

"Messages of sympathy have been pouring in and these have been a source of strength for both staff and students."

The National Educational Psychology Service (NEPS) went to the school yesterday morning and is supporting teachers and students.

Her friends said Georgia always had a smile on her face; and was described as the "life and soul" of a recent 'Strictly Come Dancing' event to raise money for charity.

"I can't believe you're gone, you were always the one to make our smiles a little brighter, our laughs a little louder and our day a whole lot better," said one friend in a social media tribute.

A relative said Georgia had a "heart of gold".

She added: "It's so hard to take this in."

The PSNI is still investigating the cause of the crash.

Irish Independent

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