Monday 24 October 2016

Tributes as 'very special lady' (42) dies suddenly just five months after birth of triplets

Published 13/02/2016 | 02:30

Gemma Carcaterra, director of the Glór music centre, who died on Thursday (Photo: Twitter)
Gemma Carcaterra, director of the Glór music centre, who died on Thursday (Photo: Twitter)

Tributes have been paid to a 42-year-old mother who died only five months after giving birth to triplets.

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Gemma Carcaterra was still on maternity leave from her post as director of Glór music centre in Ennis when she passed away on Thursday after suddenly becoming ill. She became a mother for the first time just five months ago, having given birth to triplets, Ava, Rióna and Coen.

Ms Carcaterra took up the position at Glór in October 2011.

Board member Cllr Mary Howard said the news has devastated the arts community in Co Clare. "Gemma's enthusiasm was infectious and she was very proactive, as well as having a close working relationship with members of the board."

She added: "Gemma was a very special lady.

"I recall with fondness the day she informed me that not only was she pregnant but she was carrying triplets, who are now five months old."

Another board member, Cllr Gerry Flynn, described Ms Carcaterra as a "sincere and caring person" who was a huge asset to the venue.

Chief executive of Clare County Council and founding chairman of Glór, Tom Coughlan, said she had made an immense contribution during her short time as director.

Prior to taking her post at Glór - which contributes €850,000 to the local economy annually - Ms Carcaterra was general manager at Daghdha Dance.

She had led a 55-strong team of mainly part-time staff at the centre.

Irish Independent

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