Thursday 25 December 2014

'Months' before family can bury Irish MH17 victim Edel Mahady

Published 26/07/2014 | 06:30

Edel Mahady, who died in Malaysian Airlines disaster
Edel Mahady, who died in Malaysian Airlines disaster
A woman writes a message on a dedication board for the victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 airliner and the missing Flight MH370, in Subang Jaya outside Kuala Lumpur
A coffin of one of the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17
A convoy of hearses bearing the remains of the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, downed over rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine, drive past international flags, flown at half-mast, as it leaves Eindhoven airport
People leave flowers while paying their respects at Schiphol Airport during a national day of mourning for the victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, in Schiphol
A row of hearses carrying victims of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 plane disaster are escorted on highway A27 near Nieuwegein by military police, on their way to be identified by forensic experts in Hilversum

It could be months before the Irish victim of the MH17 atrocity, Edel Mahady, can be finally laid to rest.

Some of the remains of the 298 people killed when the Malaysian Airlines flight was shot down over the troubled Ukrainian city of Donetsk this month have been transported to the Netherlands.

A total of 40 coffins bearing the first remains of those killed in the crash arrived at the military airport in the Dutch city of Eindhoven on Wednesday.

But TD Willie Penrose, whose wife is a first cousin of Ms Mahady, said that the identification process those and the remaining victims could take several months.

He added that he believed a memorial service would be held for Ms Mahady here once the identification process was completed, adding that a mass had already been said.

Relatives, colleagues, students and friends of the 
mother-of-two in her adopted hometown of Perth in Australia yesterday attended a service for victims of the crash.

Ms Mahady, who lived in Australia for more than two decades, was an administrative assistant at the Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School in Perth. Her relatives, originally from Lucan, said they were overwhelmed by the sympathy shown by the public since last Friday.

Tom Mahady, who is the cousin of Ms Mahady's husband Derek, described the mass, which was held in the city's St Mary's Cathedral, as "beautiful".

He said his family were humbled by the turnout and was grateful the archbishop had organised the mass. "The service was beautiful, and uplifting. It was great to have a mass for all those who died."

Mr Mahady spoke with Edel's husband Derek who is still coming to terms with her death.

Further details have emerged about Ms Mahady's travel arrangements on the tragic day. Her husband had been planning to fly to Europe on business and had suggested that the pair fly back together. But Ms Mahady was eager to get back to work and so decided to travel home alone.

Along with her husband, she is survived by her son Conor and daughter Ciara. She had been back in Dublin visiting her mother before she took flight MH17 on her way back to Australia.

 

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