Tuesday 31 May 2016

Mystery remains over career adviser who died 'peacefully'

Anne-Marie Walsh

Published 08/01/2013 | 05:00

Marie Gonnelly worked in New York University in the United Arab Emirates
Marie Gonnelly worked in New York University in the United Arab Emirates

THE cause of death of an Irish career adviser, based in the United Arab Emirates, has not been established.

Official sources said a post-mortem examination is likely to be carried out before Marie Gonnelly's remains are flown home.

Ms Gonnelly, from Dundalk in Co Louth, died suddenly in her work accommodation in Abu Dhabi last Friday.

The career adviser, who was in her early 30s, was working at the Career Development Centre in the New York University.

She moved to the UAE last January, having previously worked as a career-guidance adviser at the Dublin Institute of Technology.

A spokesman at the Abu Dhabi university said it sent its deepest condolences to Marie's family.

"Our thoughts and hearts are with them, her friends, and loved ones, during this very difficult time," he said.

"Marie worked closely with our students to help them identify their own career aspirations, and how they could best meet those goals. She was not only a valued colleague, but a good friend to many in our community."

The Department of Foreign Affairs said it was providing consular assistance to the family.

Ms Gonnelly's death notice said she died "peacefully" in New York University, Abu Dhabi.

It said she was the devoted daughter of Patrick and Linda; sister to Caroline, Paul and Alison, and girlfriend of Sean Mooney.

Tributes poured in for the young woman on Rip.ie last night.

"I am absolutely shocked and so sad to hear about Marie," said one friend.

"She was such a beautiful, talented and kind person.

"I spent a whole year doing a counselling course with her in UCC and she was just the most genuine and lovely girl. RIP Marie. You will be sadly missed."

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