Edel was in Blessington days before MH17 crash
Edel Mahady spent last Monday visiting relatives in Blessington, just days before the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 on which she was travelling was shot down over Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board.
She was returning to her home in Australia after spending two weeks with her mother Monica, who lives in Dublin.
Her father, the late Jimmy Byrne, was originally from Burgage in Blessington, and she was joined by her mother as they paid a visit to Edel's uncle and aunt Dick and Annie Byrne.
Cllr Gerry O'Neill said the pair have been left devastated by her loss. 'They are completely distressed over what happened. One day she was there talking away with them and then days later she is gone,' he said.