Monday 16 December 2019

Death of young mum the third tragedy to strike same family in just three years

Ciara Tumelty O’Boyle died suddenly at her home in Newcastle, Co Down. The cause of her death is not yet known
Ciara Tumelty O’Boyle died suddenly at her home in Newcastle, Co Down. The cause of her death is not yet known

Allan Preston

Tributes have been paid to a young Co Down mother who died suddenly - the third tragedy to strike the same family in five years.

The emergency services were called to the Newcastle home of Ciara Tumelty O'Boyle (38) late on Monday night, where she was staying with her son (9).

The cause of death is unknown at this stage.

John McPoland from the Ambulance Service said: "Despite the best efforts of everyone involved, the patient was declared deceased at the scene."

There have been other heartbreaks for the family in recent years.

In February 2010, the body of Ciara's mother Claire was discovered in a house in Kenway Drive in the Co Down town.

The former nurse and mother-of-three, who was in her 50s, was found in her bath.

Ciara's brother Mark (38) lost his life to suicide while in San Francisco in 2012.

Her brother Paul is the sole surviving sibling.

Ciara managed the Base Coffee Company, a popular cafe for tourists and locals overlooking the seafront on Newcastle's main street.

SDLP councillor for the area, Laura Devlin, said Ciara, a former pupil of St Malachy's College in Castlewellan, was extremely well-liked in Newcastle and came from a well respected and close family.

"Ciara was absolutely full of life," she added.

"They would be a really, really popular family round Newcastle - everybody would know the Tumeltys.

"[They were] a very close-knit family and so well respected in the community."

Ms Devlin said that her thoughts were also with Ciara's brother Paul, who has now lost three family members in five years. She added he worked near to Ciara and the two had been especially close.

Friends of Ciara have been quick to pay their respects to the family online.

Laura-Marie McMullan posted on Facebook yesterday: "Absolutely devastated by the news of Ciara Tumelty O'Boyle.

"Such a big heart for a small lady. My thoughts and prayers are with all your family Paul."

Paul Harper also commented: "So sad to hear about the passing of Ciara Tumelty. Life can just be so cruel. Thinking of you Paul Tumelty and family at this hard time mate."

Philip Flood added: "Can't believe the passing of Ciara Tumelty O'Boyle. What a legend, such a great heart.

"I had two great years working with Ciara in the Slieve [Donard]. She really helped me there at the time and I'll never forget the great advice and support she gave me right up until I moved to Manchester - you will be sorely missed"

Seamus McKibben said: "Life is so hard. Ciara Tumelty O'Boyle, you were one of the best. You always had time for every one. Sad, sad day."

Belfast Telegraph

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