Thursday 22 February 2018

Scholarship set up to honour tragic fire victim Grace McDermott

Fire victim Grace McDermott
Fire victim Grace McDermott

Kathy Armstrong

Efforts to establish a scholarship in tragic fire victim Grace McDermott's name are underway.

Grace (26) died in a house fire in Annacotty in Co Limerick on May 1.

She was working as a lecturer at Dublin City University, also studying there for a PhD and another of her passions was her popular blog Women Are Boring.

Catherine Connolly, co-founder of Women Are Boring, has said she is heartbroken by the loss of Long island native Grace but she would like to honour her by establishing a scholarship in her name to help others pursue their academic dreams.

She wrote in a blog post: "For the many who have asked if it is possible to donate to Women Are Boring, thank you so, so much. Your thoughts are very much appreciated.

"However, I firmly believe that all of the charities listed below are far more in need of your generosity. Each of these charities provide important and much-needed services, many of which are underfunded, and all of which are valuable.

(Clockwise from back left) Grace McDermott with friends Katie Kelleher, Paul Lowndes, Jessie Dowling and Diarmuid Ó Conghaile on Inis Mór last August
(Clockwise from back left) Grace McDermott with friends Katie Kelleher, Paul Lowndes, Jessie Dowling and Diarmuid Ó Conghaile on Inis Mór last August

"Here at Women Are Boring, I hope to launch a scholarship in Grace’s name within the next year.

"More details on this, and on any related fundraising activities, will become  available over the coming months, as soon as all the details have been worked out."

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Ms Connolly also spoke candidly about how she upset she is by the bride-to-be Grace's sudden death.

She said: "Everyone who knew and loved her (and there are so many of us) are still slowly trying to come to terms with this devastating and enormous loss...

"I would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone so much for their extremely thoughtful and beautiful words about Grace, and your messages of support for Women Are Boring over the past week.

"I can’t tell you how much they’ve all meant to me. Aside from being a colleague here on the blog, Grace was a best friend to me – I love her so much, I miss her so much, and I am bereft to be without her."

For more information about the charity fundraisers being held in Grace's honour, please visit here.

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