Monday 23 October 2017

'She was a real family person' - Tributes paid to Irish woman who died in Lanzarote

Lanzarote. Canary. Spain. (Photo by: Marka/UIG via Getty Images)
Lanzarote. Canary. Spain. (Photo by: Marka/UIG via Getty Images)

Kathy Armstrong

Tributes have been paid to an Irish woman who tragically died on holidays.

Elaine O'Donovan was on holiday in Lanzarote when she tragically drowned on Tuesday.

The Waterford woman, who was in her 40s, had studied engineering in Cork before moving to London.

Fianna Fail Councillor Adam Whyse said that people in Waterford were stunned by the sad news.

He said: "I know she lived in an estate that's only 30 seconds away from where I lived but I don't think I knew her myself.

"It's a very sad time for her family and friends, the whole city is talking about this, people are just shocked. I would just like to extend my deepest sympathies to her loved ones at this time."

He continued to say: "People have been saying that she was a real family person.

"It's so sad to think that she was away on holiday and trying to enjoy herself, it just shows you never know what can happen.

"It's tragic, I think the fact she was on holiday means people can really relate to this."

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Sinn Fein Cllr Breda Brennan echoed these sentiments.

She said: "It's going to be a very sad time for her family and friends, it's heartbreaking.

"I just want to send my condolences to them."

The Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed to that they are aware of the case.

A spokeswoman said they are providing consular assistance to her family but won't be commenting further.

It has been reported that the woman was aged in her 40s and had been living in London.


*An earlier version of this story contained a statement issued by the family of Ms O'Donovan. The family have since asked that this be removed and we are happy to respect their request.

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