Karen's friends raise €70k to help family during time of grief
More than €70,000 has been donated by members of the public to help Karen Buckley's family during their time of grief.
Friends of the nurse set up an online fundraising page which was flooded with donations yesterday.
By last night, the group of students, who all studied nursing with Karen in the University of Limerick, had raised over €70,000.
The webpage has been shared on social media thousands of times and the generous donations are being sent from Ireland, Scotland and further afield.
The site was due to close at 9.30pm last night.
People donated £5, £10 and £20 to the 'Help Find Karen' page every few minutes. The site reads: "This page has been set up by Karen's University of Limerick Nursing Classmates in the hope of raising funds to help Karen's family in any way possible during this difficult time.
"Please donate anything you can to assist with accommodation expenses, travel expenses and upkeep of their farm in Co Cork."
Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan said: "All of our thoughts and prayers are with Karen's parents, John and Marion, and with all of her family and friends at this tragic time.
"He also thanked the Scottish authorities and Police Scotland for their support to the Buckley family throughout this very difficult time."