Monday 24 July 2017

'Your heart is broken with sorrow' - community comforts grieving family

Danielle McLaughlin. Photo: PA
Danielle McLaughlin. Photo: PA

Alan O'Keeffe

The community has continued to rally round the family of Danielle McLaughlin following her shocking murder in India.

After an overwhelming response to calls for funds to bring her remains home to Buncrana, her family has been heartened by further acts of support.

"Now friends of Danielle in Australia have volunteered to fly to Goa to accompany Danielle's remains on the journey back to Ireland," said Buncrana parish priest Fr Francis Bradley.

Fr Bradley has been comforting Ms McLaughlin's mother Andrea Brannigan and her four daughters since the news broke of the 28-year-old's killing. In Buncrana, the local Gateway Hotel was flying the Tricolour at half-mast yesterday, in tribute to the popular local woman.

The generous response has also included pledges of support from Irish immigrants and members of the Donegal diaspora.

"The Kevin Bell Repatriation Fund has been enormously supportive and it all lifts a terrible burden of stress from people because your heart is broken with sorrow but your mind is in overload trying to figure things out," Fr Bradley said.

He added that he met Ms McLaughlin last summer and she expressed her happiness at being home to look after her ill grandfather.

She had travelled to many countries and was always delighted to come back to Buncrana, he said.

Irish Independent

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