'Sweet, beautiful' Cork woman dies in Spain; Garda Ombudsman Commissioner Kieran Fitzgerald remains in coma

'Sweet, beautiful' Cork woman dies in Spain; Garda Ombudsman Commissioner Kieran Fitzgerald remains in coma

The facebook page of a young Cork woman who died in a holiday tragedy in Spain has been flooded with messages of sympathy and sadness.

The 21-year-old from Mayfield in Cork died when she fell from a balcony in Tenerife on Wednesday. She was on holiday with friends.

It is believed her body will be repatriated in the coming days. The Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed it is providing consular assistance to the family.

Her distraught friends took to social media to pay tribute to her, with one describing her as a “gorgeous young girl with a contagious smile”, while another said she was a “sweet, beautiful and genuine girl”.

Meanwhile, Garda Ombudsman Commissioner Kieran Fitzgerald (pictured) remains in a coma in a Spanish hospital this morning.

Mr Fitzgerald, who is a native of Glin in Co Limerick, fell from a wall onto rocks in northern Spain last week and was placed in a medically-induced coma.

It is understood he sailed with friends from Dublin to Galicia where he was to meet up with his wife Evelyn - the couple had planned to walk part of the famous Camino de Santiago. But soon after he arrived in Spain, he is said to have felt faint before sitting down on a low wall where he lost his balance and fell onto rocks damaging his spine.

He had surgery at a La Coruna hospital, but it’s understood complications arose.

A former RTE reporter, he was named News and Current Affairs Journalist of the Year in 1999.

He was appointed to GSOC in December 2011.

His family are keeping a bedside vigil at his hospital in La Coruna.


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