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Wednesday 1 October 2014

Tragic mum Olivia to be laid to rest today

*Five-month-old baby daughter Eabha continues fight for life in Temple Street Children's Hospital

Published 20/01/2014 | 06:30

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Olivia Dunne and her husband Ciaran
Olivia Dunne and her husband Ciaran

A YOUNG mother who died when a vehicle struck her while walking with her baby will be laid to rest later today.

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Teacher Olivia Dunne's five-month-old baby daughter Eabha is continuing to fight for her life in Temple Street Children's Hospital following the tragedy which occurred on Friday afternoon.

Friends of Olivia credited her with saving Eabha's life, and the baby sustained lesser injuries as a result of her mother's actions.

Olivia was out walking with baby Eabha close to their home in Balbriggan, North County Dublin, when she was struck by a people carrier.

The teacher had married husband Ciaran just 18 months ago.

Eabha was rushed to Temple Street Children's Hospital where she was put into an induced coma.

The driver of the people carrier was taken to hospital for non-life threatening injuries and an investigation into the cause of the collision continues.

Olivia’s cousin described her as a very courageous woman. Her funeral takes place today in Balbriggan after she was waked at her parents' home last night.

Her husband Ciaran works near the Balbriggan Retail Park where the tragic accident occurred.

He came upon the scene shortly afterwards and is said to be “inconsolable”.

The one-car collision happened shortly after 12.30pm near White Hart Inn.

Eabha was the couple's only child after they got married in the summer of 2012.

Ms Dunne, a primary school teacher, was on maternity leave following the birth of baby Eabha in the autumn.

One neighbour said “I can't believe it. She was such a lovely person and was over the moon when her baby was born.”

Tributes have poured in for the popular mum who had moved to the area after marrying Mr Dunne whose family are from Balbriggan. Local councillor Monica Harford said the community is “shell-shocked”.

Joyce Fegan

Irish Independent

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