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Thursday 27 July 2017

Murdered Nicola was 'a big dreamer who wanted to travel the world', family reveal

Nicola Collins
Nicola Collins
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

The heartbroken family of murdered Cork mother-of-three Nicola Collins (39) hailed her as a person who had "big dreams" throughout her all-too-short life.

Ms Collins's cousin, April Drew, said she had always maintained a positive outlook, despite the problems and hardships she faced in later life.

"Nicola always found some way to see the world as a good place," she said.

"Nicola was full of energy and enthusiasm. She was a big dreamer who planned to travel the world some day. She even wanted to write a book and share it with the world.

"Despite the hardships she faced later in her life, she met them head-on.

"She always found a way to see the world as a good place, a place she wanted to be part of and contribute to."

Ms Collins, who had been living at Clashduv Road in Togher, died from severe head and neck injuries in Cork on Monday.

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Funeral arrangements have yet to be confirmed. Ms Collins had travelled to Tralee in Kerry earlier this month from Cork to visit her mother.

"Nicola's family are beyond devastated that her life was stolen at such a young age," Ms Drew said.

"She had so much to live for and did not deserve the horror that was set upon her late into the night on Mother's Day."

Family and friends are supporting Ms Collins's devastated parents, Kay and Michael, and her children, Nick, Adam and Michael. Her sister Carly has flown back to Ireland from Barcelona, where she is studying at present.

The tributes to the Kerry-born woman came as gardaí investigating her murder arrested a second man.

The 44-year-old man was arrested shortly before 9am yesterday in Limerick.

The man was arrested under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act and taken to Mayfield garda station in Cork.

He was being questioned last night over withholding information from a Garda inquiry.

The arrest came just 24 hours after another man was released without charge after being questioned for a day in connection with the brutal killing of Ms Collins.

The 42-year-old, who was known to Ms Collins, was arrested at the scene on Popham's Road, Farranree, Co Cork, where her body was found on Monday.

Irish Independent

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