Irish woman and two-year-old daughter killed in car crash in Poland

By David Raleigh

A man whose wife and daughter were killed in a horrific collision yesterday has said he has "lost everything" after they were "abruptly and brutally taken away".

Soren Buchtrup said he and his wife Yvonne Buchtrup -- a daughter of the well known Limerick horse trainer John Long -- along with their daughter Ella, (2), and six-month old son Noah, were parked up in their family car at Nowy Targ, Poland, when another vehicle smashed into them.

Irish woman and two-year-old daughter killed in car crash in Poland

Yvonne and Soren Buchtrup with their two children Ella (2) and Noah (6 months) at a friend's wedding.

The family of four had been on route back to their home in Norway after attending a friend's wedding when the fatal collision happened.

Ms Buchtrup, originally from Curraghchase, Kilcornan, and Ella – who would have turned three in August – were killed instantly. Her husband and son escaped serious injury.

In a loving online tribute to his wife and daughter, Mr Buchtrup said "words could not describe" his feelings.

Below a posting of pictures of his wife and daughter on his Facebook page, he said: "Here is the two most important girls in my life, whom I cherish and love very very much. First my little girl Ella who is just starting her life. Always full of dancing, singing and laughter. Always ready to sing "Twinkle twinkle little star" when Noah starts to cry."

Irish woman and two-year-old daughter killed in car crash in Poland

Yvonne and Soren Buchtrup.

The Danish pilot, who has a teenage son named Magnus from a previous relationship, added: "(Ella) Always says she loves Magnus when I tell her I love her. Always comes running with open arms when either mum or dad have been gone for more than a few minutes. She just yesterday asked to take a selfie. My big little girl."

"Then my wonderful and loving wife Yvonne, who always lightens up any room she enters and who touches anyone's heart. Always telling me we are soulmates and that she loves me, even when I'm being difficult. So full of life and ideas always, and never too old to arrange and play funny games with anyone's kids. My little big girl."

He added: "Today these two wonderful girls were abruptly and brutally taken away from us near Nowy Targ in Poland when a car rammed our parked car. Noah and I escaped with just minor physical injuries. Words cannot describe the feelings."

Irish woman and two-year-old daughter killed in car crash in Poland

Ella (2) and Noah (6 months) Buchtrup.

Mr Buchtrup said: "I feel I have lost everything, but I still have the two most important boys in my life. I will keep cherishing and loving them forever together with the beautiful memories and love of Yvonne and Ella."

He ended his tribute poignantly: "Bye my girls. Only love is real."

Ms Buchtrup's uncle, Ronnie Long, a former President of Athletics Ireland, said the family were "shattered" by their deaths.

He described his niece, who's originally from Curraghchase, Kilcornan, as "a most beautiful looking girl".

"We were looking at pictures of her this morning, she was a fabulous looking girl."

"She was an artist and colour was her major thing. She had attended Edinburgh University. Her husband is a Danish pilot but they are living in Norway."

John and Angela Long have four children including Yvonne.

"I was out with John and Angela. They're shattered," (Ronnie) Long said.

"Yvonne was to come home in August for a few weeks. Little Ella would have been three then."

"They're all very good kids. We just can't believe it. I'm so shocked."

"Yvonne was such a popular child and a beautiful woman."

The Department of Foreign Affairs said it is offering consular assistance to the family.


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