'She was sweet and kind-hearted, we did everything together' - Tragic Donna's partner pays tribute to road victim
Published 08/09/2016 | 07:08
The partner of a young Dublin cyclist killed by a truck on her way to work says she was “sweet, kind-hearted and loving”.
Donna Fox (30), from outside Balbriggan in North Co Dublin, was looking forward to marrying her partner Anne Marie Ryan and start a home together, Ms Ryan said.
Donna was on her way to work in Meagher’s Pharmacy, on Barrow Street near the Grand Canal Basin, when the tragedy happened in the North Dock/East Wall area on Tuesday at the junction between Seville Place and Guild Street in Dublin’s north inner city.
A passing motorist tended to Donna at the scene, but her injuries were too severe to survive. The driver of the truck was shocked but uninjured.
Donna and Anne Marie met online and were together three years.
“She was sweet, kind-hearted and loving, and she always knew what I was thinking. And I know she loved me as much as I loved her. We did everything together,” Anne Marie told the Herald.
“Donna loved being outdoors, she could do anything. She said I was the better cook, so while she was out putting up fences or something in the rain I would be inside making the dinner.
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“We had hoped to build a life together, and get married after building a small house. We were actually due to go to a self-build expo on Saturday before going on holidays to Spain with my sister and her boyfriend on Sunday,” Anne Marie Ryan.
Donna and Anne Marie were living in a mobile home beside Donna’s father Peter’s home until they could build a more permanent house. Donna’s mother Catherine died from cancer in 2011 in her early 50s.
“We had plans here, but I never thought I would be planning a funeral from our mobile home,” said Tipperary woman Anne Marie.
Donna had previously spoken of her road-safety fears.
“Donna used to say it annoyed her that cycle lanes in the city start and stop without consistency. She would be very annoyed about it. She would say you could be in a cycle lane one minute and then suddenly be back in traffic, and that the system was too disjointed,” said Anne Marie.
Anne Marie was in work at the City North Hotel on Tuesday when one of her manager’s called her aside.
“I could see a garda down the corridor, and then I was brought into a room with Donna’s father Peter and sister Leanne. I knew something was up, and then they told me what had happened,” she explained.
“Donna and I had been on charity cycles to Galway in the past, and she made that trip to work every day, so she was competent on a bike. We don’t know what exactly happened.
“She would cycle to keep her fitness levels up. We were both training for a 5km obstacle endurance event called SandStorm in Kerry on October 1.
Colleagues at Meagher’s Pharmacy said they became concerned for Donna when she did not show up for work on time.
“She would always be 15 minutes early, so we thought something was up, then we heard from Donna’s dad,” said one colleague. “Donna was a great worker and loved by staff and customers. She was the nicest person you could meet.”