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Monday 18 December 2017

Massive outpouring of support as fundraising page 'Bring Kevin Moran Home' raises more than three times its target

Kevin and Anne-Marie
Kevin and Anne-Marie
Geraldine Gittens

Geraldine Gittens

A fundraising page set up in order to raise money to bring home the body of former Connacht rugby player who died in an Australian road crash has more than three times its target.

Kevin Moran (32), from Mulranny, Co Mayo, died after the accident in Brisbane on Friday.

The fundraising "Bring Kevin Moran Home" was set up to help raise funds to make arrangements to bring his remains home to Ireland.

Organisers of the fundraising page said: "We would like to sincerely thank the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust who are assisting with arrangements to get Kevin home."

Kevin's fiancée Anne Marie Perry told how it is “heartbreaking” that they will never make it down the aisle.

Writing online Kevin's partner Anne-Marie told of her devastation at losing “the love of my life, my best friend, my partner in crime, my soul mate”.

The couple, who had been living together Down Under, got engaged on Valentine’s Day this year.

Ms Perry posted the heartbreaking tribute on the former Connacht underage star’s Facebook page over the weekend.

She wrote: “Trying to put into words how I'm feeling right now is indescribable with a pain in my heart I will never fill.

“Kevin Moran you truly were the love of my life and for us to never make it down the isle (sic) and all of our plans together is heartbreaking.

“You had so much to offer. The love of my life, my best friend, my partner in crime, my soul mate!

“Life is just so unfair sometimes and I can't understand why such tragic things happen. You put a smile on everyone's face, always having the Craic, and was (were) truly loved by so many people.

“You really will have a place in so many people's hearts forever. You loved your family more than words could say and they loved you."

Read More: 'For us to never make it down the aisle together is heartbreaking' - Fiancee of former Connacht star

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