Friday 21 September 2018

Tragedy as young Irish woman (27) dies following accident on 'trip of a lifetime'

Louise Furey
Louise Furey

Stephen Maguire

A young Irish woman has been killed following a tragic accident in Thailand.

The woman, named locally as Louise Furey from Glenties in Co Donegal, had only arrived in the country on Wednesday last on holiday.

She was along with her long-term boyfriend Sam Bulmer.

Ms Furey, aged 27, was based in Guernsey on the Channel Islands where she worked with children's services.

Just a few days ago, Louise posted a picture of herself and Sam elaxing at their resort Replay Residence & Pool Villa, Koh Samui in Thailand.

Her poignant last Facebook post shows a picture of herself and Sam having a drink beside the beach and reads "Long flight.....relaxation time."

It is understood that Louise died after a fall from a balcony at her resort.

A full investigation has been launched by local police into the circumstances surrounding the tragedy.

Tragically Louise's dad Patsy, a well-known Donegal GAA fan passed away less than two years ago following an illness.

Her mum Breege is a well-known school teacher in the Scoil Mhuire National School in the close-knit town.

Louise has one brother Daniel and three sisters Celine, Annie and Rosaleen.

Daniel and another sister are understood to have travelled to Thailand to make arrangements for the return of their tragic sister's remains.

Louise was born and grew up on the Ard Patrick estate in Glenties where former Donegal GAA manager and Celtic coach Jim McGuinness was a close neighbour.

Chairman of the Glenties Community Group, Brian Carr, said the entire town is numb following the news of the tragedy.

"Louise moved to Guernsey a few years ago but was a frequent visitor home. You would see herself and her close school friends catching up what had happened since they last met. There was about five or six of them in a very close gang of friends, of which some are also away from home.

"Louise went on what would be called the trip of a lifetime just last Wednesday with her boyfriend Sam to Thailand, unfortunately, a holiday that had such a tragic ending.

"The town is numb and in total shock with such terrible news. Our thoughts and prayers are with Louise's family at this time," he said.

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