Wednesday 28 January 2015

Remains of Irish MH17 victim formally identified

Published 26/08/2014 | 16:17

A stewardess from Malaysia Airlines lays a flower in remembrance of lost colleagues during a multi-faith event to pray for the passengers and crew of MH17 at the airline's academy in Kuala Lumpur July 25, 2014. Nearly 300 people were killed when the Malaysia Airlines plane en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was brought down in eastern Ukraine, where separatists are battling government forces, on July 17. REUTERS/Olivia Harris (MALAYSIA - Tags: DISASTER TRANSPORT)
A stewardess from Malaysia Airlines lays a flower in remembrance of lost colleagues during a multi-faith event to pray for the passengers and crew of MH17 at the airline's academy in Kuala Lumpur July 25, 2014. REUTERS/Olivia Harris (Inset: Edel Mahady)
Edel Mahady, who died in Malaysian Airlines disaster

The remains of an Irish woman who was a passenger on the tragic Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 have been identified.

Mother-of-two Edel Mahady had lived in Australia for more than 20 years.

Her funeral has not taken place yet and her family have requested privacy.

Ms Mahady 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 the tragedy.

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.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 07:  Mourners embrace as they leave after attending a national memorial service as Australians mourn the loss of all victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 at St. Patrick's Cathedral on August 7, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. The Government has declared Thursday 7 August 2014 to be a National Day of Mourning.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
Mourners embrace as they leave after attending a national memorial service as Australians mourn the loss of all victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 at St. Patrick's Cathedral on August 7, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
The parents of Australian MH17 victim Fatima Dyczynski, Dr Jezy Dyczynski and Angela Rudhart-Dyczynski (unseen) leave after attending a national memorial service as Australians mourn the loss of all victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 at St. Patrick's Cathedral on August 7, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
Tony Abbott (R), Prime Minister of Australia and Australian Opposition Leader Bill Shorten leave after attending a national memorial service as Australians mourn the loss of all victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 at St. Patrick's Cathedral on August 7, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
Tony Abbott, Prime Minister of Australia and his wife Margie Abbott (R) along with Australian Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and his wife Lynne Cosgrove leave after attending a national memorial service as Australians mourn the loss of all victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 at St. Patrick's Cathedral on August 7, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
Tony Abbott, Prime Minister of Australia; Australian Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and his wife Lynne Cosgrove leave after attending a national memorial service as Australians mourn the loss of all victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 at St. Patrick's Cathedral on August 7, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
Tony Abbott, Prime Minister of Australia and his wife Margie Abbott leave after attending a national memorial service as Australians mourn the loss of all victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 at St. Patrick's Cathedral on August 7, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.
Tony Abbott, Prime Minister of Australia and his wife Margie Abbott along with Australian Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and his wife Lynne Cosgrove leave after attending a national memorial service as Australians mourn the loss of all victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 at St. Patrick's Cathedral on August 7, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
Tony Abbott, Prime Minister of Australia and his wife Margie Abbott leave after attending a national memorial service as Australians mourn the loss of all victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 at St. Patrick's Cathedral on August 7, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his wife Margaret (obscured) place wattle blossoms on a wreath as they attend a national memorial service as Australians mourn the loss of all victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 at St. Patrick's Cathedral on August 7, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Dadswell-Pool/Getty Images)
A grieving family member cries during a national memorial service as Australians mourn the loss of all victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 at St. Patrick's Cathedral on August 7, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Dadswell-Pool/Getty Images)
Australia's Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove (L), Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (C), his wife Margaret and Australian opposition Leader Bill Shorten (R) attends a national memorial service as Australians mourn the loss of all victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 at St. Patrick's Cathedral on August 7, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Dadswell-Pool/Getty Images)
Grieving relatives console each other during a national memorial service as Australians mourn the loss of all victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 at St. Patrick's Cathedral on August 7, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. The Government has declared Thursday 7 August 2014 to be a National Day of Mourning. (Photo by Mark Dadswell-Pool/Getty Images)
Sprigs of wattle blossoms are placed on a wreath during a national memorial service as Australians mourn the loss of all victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 at St. Patrick's Cathedral on August 7, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Dadswell-Pool/Getty Images)
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott delivers remarks during a national memorial service as Australians mourn the loss of all victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 at St. Patrick's Cathedral on August 7, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Dadswell-Pool/Getty Images)
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his wife Margaret (obscured) place wattle blossoms on a wreath as they attend a national memorial service as Australians mourn the loss of all victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 at St. Patrick's Cathedral on August 7, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Dadswell-Pool/Getty Images)
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his wife Margaret (obscured) attends a national memorial service as Australians mourn the loss of all victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 at St. Patrick's Cathedral on August 7, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Dadswell-Pool/Getty Images)
A woman cries during a national memorial service as Australians mourn the loss of all victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 at St. Patrick's Cathedral on August 7, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Dadswell-Pool/Getty Images)
A mourner wipes a tear from her eye as she leaves after attending a national memorial service as Australians mourn the loss of all victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 at St. Patrick's Cathedral on August 7, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

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.

None of the 298 people on board the Malaysia Airlines flight which was shot down over the eastern Ukraine region Donetsk in July survived. 

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