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Remains of Irish MH17 victim identified

THE remains of an Irish woman who was a passenger on the tragic Malaysian Airlines flight that was shot down over Ukraine have been identified.

Mother-of-two Edel Mahady had lived in Perth in Australia and was returning home from a visit to her mother in Dublin aboard flight MH17 when the horrific incident occurred.

It's understood Ms Mahady's sister Mary travelled to Amsterdam in the Netherlands to identify the body before making her way to Australia.

A source confirmed to the Herald that the body will now be passed in to the possession of Ms Mahady's husband, Dereck.

While a date for the funeral has yet to be confirmed, it's believed it will take place in Australia.

However, the source said there will be also be a Mass in Ms Mahady's hometown of Palmerstown.

"Her mother is very relieved that the body was found," the source added.

Ms Mahady was an administrative assistant at the Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School in Perth.

Her relatives, originally from Lucan, said they were overwhelmed by the sympathy shown by the public since the tragedy.

Further details have emerged about Ms Mahady's travel arrangements on the tragic day.


Her husband had been planning to fly to Europe on business and had suggested that the pair fly back together.

But Ms Mahady was eager to get back to work and so decided to travel home alone.

An Australian nun with "deep roots in Ireland" was also named among the dead in the MH17 disaster.

Sister Philomena Tiernan was on the flight as she travelled home from a retreat in Paris.

The Dutch Safety Board is leading an investigation into the incident and is expected to release a preliminary accident report at the end of August.

In a statement released after her death, the family of Ms Mahady described her as someone who "saw the best in people".

"Edel didn't merely 'do' her work. Her humour, strength, wisdom, joy and determination drove people to achieve their best.

"No one wanted to let Edel down, she saw the best in people, put up with no nonsense and spoke with honesty and conviction."

They added that she would not 
want anyone "wasting their time" 
hating those who carried out the mass murder.