'Instead of her daughter at the door, two policemen gave her mum the most terrible news' - Tributes paid to tragic crash victim Amy (25)
Devastated family 'taking down their Christmas decorations' after news of Amy's death
A family were given "the worst possible news ever" when two policemen arrived at their door to say their daughter had died in a car accident in Co Donegal.
Amy Loughrey (25) from Co Derry was killed when her car collided with another in Fahan, Co Donegal on Thursday night.
The young woman was on her way home from work when the fatal incident occurred.
"Instead of her daughter at the door, two policemen gave her mum the most terrible news imaginable. That her young daughter had been killed in a car crash," local priest Fr Michael Canny told Independent.ie.
"She was on her way home from work. It's a terrible tragedy.
"When I went to see the family today they were in the middle of taking down their Christmas decorations. It just seemed so inappropriate to have them up during this time of grieving. Christmas is supposed to be a family time and now they're faced with terrible grief and sadness."
Local councillor Hillary McClintock Alderman (DUP) said it was a "terrible loss".
"My sympathies go out to the family at this time. It's terrible for something like this to happen, especially at Christmas."
Ms Loughrey was a popular member of staff at the Red Door, a favourite restaurant of celebrity couple Snow Patrol’s Johnny McDaid and ‘Friends’ actress Courteney Cox. The restaurant closed and cancelled Christmas bookings as a mark of respect.
People from all over the world posted tributes to the young woman, who had worked abroad, online.
Patrick's Bar in Gran Canaria wrote; "With a heavy heart I'd just like to say that all OV us at Patricks bar are devastated at the news of a beloved member of our team passing away today.
"You were and always will be one in a million Amy. Thank you for all the years you worked for us and all the joy and memories you brought to our lives ...... RIP Sweet girl and love to all your family at this sad, sad time [sic]."
One person wrote; "Desperately sad news. Such a loss so close to Christmas. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family. Sadly missed."
Others wrote about how she was a "beautiful soul", "a beautiful person" and a "beautiful girl".
Foyle International School, where Amy worked as a summer school teacher, wrote; "It is with the greatest sadness that we share the tragic news of the death of one of our summer school teachers in a road accident in Donegal.
"Amy Loughrey will be sadly missed. Our thoughts are with her family and friends."
In County Leitrim, a female pedestrian (74) was killed in Drumshanbo on Thursday night.
Gardaí say the collision occurred at Acres in the town at approximately 7.15pm.
The car collided with the woman on the Carrick on Shannon road out of Drumshambo(R207). She was fatally injured and pronounced dead at the scene and her body has been removed to the morgue at Sligo General Hospital.
The female driver (50) was uninjured. There were no passenger in the cars.
The road was closed to facilitate a Forensic Collision examination but has since reopened.
Witnesses to either collision are asked to contact the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.
Meanwhile, a man has died in a serious one-vehicle crash on Friday afternoon that closed the M1 in Northern Ireland in both directions near Tamnamore, Co Tyrone between junctions 13 and 14.
The crash happened at around 12.35pm and involved a grey Honda Civic.
Police advised drivers heading to Belfast to exit at junction 15, Stanmore, those heading towards Enniskillen have been told to exit at junction 12 and travel via Armagh.
John McPoland from the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said they were alerted at 12.37pm of a single vehicle RTC on the citybound on the M1 between junctions 13 and junction 12.
Paramedics attended the scene but no one was taken from it.
UUP councillor for Dungannon Walter Cuddy said a friend of his daughter's had witnessed the crash and believed one man was involved.
"It looks like a man driving towards Belfast lost control of his car completely. A friend of my daughter's was in the car behind and seen it all happen," he said.
"She's 25 and would be a balanced young girl and called it a horrendous accident, she's in a really bad state as she saw it all first hand."
RSA confirmed to Independent.ie that the latest two road deaths in the Republic of Ireland now bring the 2016 road death toll to 184 fatalities, meaning 27 more lives have been lost than in the same period in 2016.