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Saturday 20 January 2018

'In honour of your sister' - Couple pay touching tribute to Captain Dara Fitzpatrick

Captain Dara Fitzpatrick
Captain Dara Fitzpatrick
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

The family of Captain Dara Fitzpatrick have been left "stunned" after a couple gave their newborn baby the middle name "Dara" in honour of the late Rescue 116 crew member.

Niamh Fitzpatrick took to Twitter to say how "incredibly touching" the gesture to her sister was.

She confirmed she received the news in an email, which read: "In honour of your sister. Hope she grows to be an inspiring capable wonderful woman."

Niamh added: "It is just incredible to think that Dara inspired someone to the point that they gave their new baby her name...stunned."

Capt Dara Fitzpatrick was one of four crew members on board the tragic Irish Coast Guard helicopter which crashed close to Blackrock Island last month.

She was the first confirmed fatality of the ill-fated Rescue 116 mission which crashed in the early hours of March 14.

Left to right: Paul Ormsby, Mark Duffy, Dara Fitzpatrick and Ciarán Smith
Left to right: Paul Ormsby, Mark Duffy, Dara Fitzpatrick and Ciarán Smith

Twelve days later, the remains of Captain Mark Duffy were recovered on March 26.

The search for winchmen Ciaran Smith and Paul Ormsby continues.

Last week, psychologist Niamh Fitzpatrick opened up about life for her family since the tragedy.

Speaking to Neil Delamere on Today FM, she said: "You get the inconsolable moments, and then you have moments where you feel numb; as if this is all happening, but it’s happening through a glass window and we’re watching it.

"The odd time, you feel normal, and then you feel weird feeling normal."

She revealed that the family have been overwhelmed with the support they have received:

"‘I didn’t need my faith humanity restored because I always had it, but my faith in humanity has been boosted by the way that people have shown their support. It’s been absolutely incredible, and it does help, because this is lonely."

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