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Sunday 19 February 2017

Tributes pour in for tragic bride-to-be as devastated community organise special Mass

Published 19/11/2016 | 02:30

Majella Donoghue
Majella Donoghue

A special Mass will be said to honour tragic bride-to-be Majella Donoghue in her hometown church this evening.

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The popular young woman (30), from Tirrane, Belmullet, Co Mayo died after falling ill on a flight home from a dream trip to South Africa last weekend where she had just become engaged to fiance Barry Doherty.

Devastated Barry is being comforted by family and friends following the tragedy.

Fr John Loftus, priest at St Brendan's church in Tirrane, said he will pay tribute to the "vivacious and kind-hearted" young woman at the village church tonight, close to Majella's family home.

Majella Donoghue supporting her county at Croke Park
Majella Donoghue supporting her county at Croke Park

Such is the outpouring of grief from the local community and beyond that he expects the church will be packed to capacity.

In the meantime, a steady stream of well-wishers have paid their respects to the Donoghue family as they make arrangements for Majella's body to be repatriated from London. The 30-year-old was rushed to hospital after landing at London's Heathrow Airport last Sunday on a flight from Cape Town.

Majella and her fiancé Barry
Majella and her fiancé Barry

Fr Loftus said the family doesn't expect her remains to return home until next week "at the earliest".

Her cause of death has not been released although it's understood a post-mortem has been completed, he said.

"The family is just getting ready to welcome her home," he said.

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