Family 'destroyed' after mum and toddler die in tragic crash on way home from wedding
'I've lost everything,' says man after wife and daughter (2) were 'brutally taken away'
A man whose Irish wife and daughter were killed in a horrific collision in Poland has paid tribute to "the two most important girls" in his life.
Danish helicopter pilot Soren Buchtrup said he had "lost everything" after his wife Yvonne (30) and daughter Ella (2), were "abruptly and brutally taken away".
Yvonne, from Curraghchase, Kilcornan, is a daughter of Co Limerick horse trainer John Long and his wife Angela. A relative said they were "destroyed at hearing the news".
The devastated parents were last night liaising with the Department of Foreign Affairs to make funeral arrangements.
A relative said the couple had three other children, Gary, Ian who lives in Canada, and Viv who is training to be a helicopter pilot in the US.
It's understood Mr Buchtrup, his wife and two children, including their six-month-old son Noah, were sitting in their parked car when another vehicle collided with them near the town of Nowy Targ. Yvonne and Ella were killed instantly, and Soran and Noah were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The family had been on their way to Kraków Airport to take a flight home to Norway after a week-long holiday, including a friend's wedding in Bratislava, the Slovakian capital.
In a loving online tribute to his wife and daughter, Mr Buchtrup said Yvonne and Ella were "the two most important girls in my life, whom I cherish and love very, very much".
"First my little girl Ella, who is just starting her life," he wrote. "Always full of dancing, singing and laughter.
"Always ready to sing 'Twinkle twinkle little star' when Noah starts to cry."
Paying a heartfelt tribute to Yvonne, Mr Buchtrup said: "Then my wonderful and loving wife Yvonne who always lightens up any room she enters and who touches anyone's heart.
"Always telling me we are soulmates and that she loves me, even when I'm being difficult.
"Words cannot describe the feelings. I feel I have lost everything ..."
He ended his tribute poignantly: "Bye my girls. Only love is real."
Ms Buchtrup who was born and reared in West Limerick, went to Villiers Secondary School, Limerick City, before traveling to Scotland to study at Edinburgh University.
Principal of Villiers, Jill Storey, described past pupil Yvonne as "a wonderful student".
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. It's horrendous."
Ms Buchtrup's uncle, Ronnie Long, a former President of Athletics Ireland, said the family were "shattered" by their deaths.
He described his niece as "a most beautiful looking girl".
"Yvonne was to come home in August for a few weeks. Little Ella would have been three then.
"We just can't believe it. I'm so shocked. Yvonne was such a popular child and a beautiful woman."