Saturday 20 October 2018

Community 'devastated' as young mother Aine Gribben dies suddenly at home

Righnach Aine Gribben
Righnach Aine Gribben

Victoria Leonard

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the sudden death of a young Co Tyrone mum whose body was found in a house on Saturday.

Coalisland woman Righnach Aine Gribben, who was in her 20s and a mother to two young sons, was found dead in a house in the town's Millview Manor at the weekend.

Police say her death is not being treated as suspicious at this time.

A post mortem examination has taken place, and police are awaiting the results of toxicology reports.

Righnach's funeral was taking place at 11am today at St Mary and St Joseph's Church on Coalisland's Brackaville Road.

She will then be laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.

The young woman is survived by her parents Paul and Joanne, sister Faoiltirna and brothers Padraig, Caoimhin and Lorcan.

The family's death notice said: "Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on her soul.

"Very deeply regretted by her much-loved cousins and extended Gribben and Rushe family circle and friends."

Touching pictures posted online by the devoted mum show her spending time with her loved ones.

Righnach's friends and family took to social media to thank the local community for the tributes paid to "our brown-eyed girl".

Momhaine Nic Aogain wrote: "We would like to thank everyone for their messages of love and support.

"This has been the most difficult thing we have ever been through and our hearts are broken in a million pieces for our brown-eyed girl.

"Again we sincerely thank and appreciate everyone's words of love and support."

One grieving friend wrote: "Righnach Aine Gribben sleep well with the angels wee pet."

Another posted: "RIP Righnach Aine Gribben fly high beautiful! Thoughts and prayers go out to the family."

Popular Rignach was also described as a "beautiful wee woman" by a devastated friend.

She posted: "She has always had a place in my heart, and always will.

"Rest easy wee pet until we meet again."

Righnach's former school, Gaelscoil Ui Neill in Clonoe, also expressed its "deepest commiserations" in a death notice posted in the Irish News.

And Tir Eoghain No 1 Celtic Supporters Club said they were "saddened to learn of the death of Righnach, sister of club member Padraig".

They wrote: "We extend our deepest sympathies to the Gribben family."

SDLP councillor Malachy Quinn said the local community had been left "devastated" by the young woman's untimely death.

"It has been quite a shock to everyone - when any young person dies it is a tragedy, but the suddenness of this makes it particularly so," he said.

"This is the second death of a young person in this area in recent months.

"In January we lost GAA player Christopher Colhoun, who was only 33, after he fell ill.

"I would like to pass on my condolences to Righnach's friends and family."

Belfast Telegraph

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