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WHAT should have been a happy family holiday turned to tragedy for one Dingle family last week.Aimee and Normán Ó Conchúir, who live in Ashmount Terrace, were looking forward to the planned visit of Aimees mother,Trish Copeland.Ms Copeland (55),who was the principal of a Montessori school in Saipan, arrived in Ireland from the Far East on November



WHAT should have been a happy family holiday turned to tragedy for one Dingle family last week.

Aimee and Normán Ó Conchúir, who live in Ashmount Terrace, were looking forward to the planned visit of Aimee’s mother,Trish Copeland.

Ms Copeland (55),who was the principal of a Montessori school in Saipan, arrived in Ireland from the Far East on November 3. She was looking forward to spending a holiday with the family and especially with her grandchildren,18 month-old Luke and two month-old Sarah Patricia.

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“She was coming to give me a hand with the kids and she had never seen Sarah. She was hoping to stay for six weeks. Then on Wednesday, November 8, she was sitting here in this room and getting ready to feed Luke. She said she felt dizzy and collapsed suddenly on the floor. Normán called a doctor and the ambulance. Luckily we live beside the hospital. The ambulance was here in two minutes and Dr Kavanagh a few minutes later,” Aimee told The Kerryman on Monday night.

Trish had suffered a brain hemorrhage and her heart had stopped.

“They got her heart going again and rushed her to Kerry General, in Tralee. The brain scan showed a massive hemorrhage and the doctor told us that there wasn’t any hope,” Aimee said.

Her mother was placed on a life-support system but died six days later in the hospital. Her remains were cremated at Glasnevin crematorium last Thursday.

Her ashes were brought back to Dingle and hundreds of people attended a memorial service in St Mary’s Church on Friday night.

Trish Copeland’s mother, 81 year-old Joan Herlihy, flew in from Chicago to be with the family. Aimee’s sister Susie and husband Brian flew in from Singapore while another sister, Kate, came from California.

“My mother was born in Texas but got the travel bug at an early age because her dad was in the Air Force. She loved children and was a Montessori teacher most of her life. We loved her very much,” Aimee said.



Her mother’s ashes were scattered over the waters of Dingle harbour, from a boat, during a private family farewell ceremony last Saturday.






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