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Nicola Furlong: Tragic death reminds us of our country's great loss

Young Irish people who go abroad, whether to study or to seek work, run extra risks, writes Colum Kenny

Dr Colum Kenny is Professor of Communications at DCU

Published 03/06/2012 | 07:37

Nicola Furlong who was found dead in a Tokyo hotel room
Nicola Furlong who was found dead in a Tokyo hotel room
HIP HOP star Nicki Minaj (right) has paid tribute to DCU student Nicola Furlong (left) who was found murdered in a Tokyo hotel after attending her concert in Japan last week.
Nicola Furlong who was found dead in a Tokyo hotel room
Nicola Furlong
Nicola Furlong and her boyfriend Danny Furlong
Nicola Furlong

IT IS every parent’s nightmare. Their daughter or son goes abroad and meets an evil end. The death in Japan last week of 21-year-old DCU student Nicola Furlong was untimely and unpleasant.

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Not that the sudden death of any young person is easy to take. The loss of UCC student Niamh McCarthy in a sand dune accident in Kerry last week was awful too.



But young people abroad run extra risks. They do not know the ropes, and many of them have no network of family and friends around them.

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