Bank and airline come to the aid of Sara’s parents

The distressed parents of a Galway student who lost her life in a fire in Belgium flew out to identify their daughter’s remains late yesterday.

The mother and father of 19-year-old Sara Gibadlo received the tragic news yesterday morning.

Sara had been living with her parents, Josef and Malgoizaia, twin brother, Slawomir and sister Magda, 15, in Oranmore, outside Galway City, for several years.

After receiving the tragic news, her parents visited their local Bank of Ireland office to arrange finance to pay for their flights to Belgium. A senior bank official recognised their distress in the main thoroughfare of the bank and immediately took them to his office.

The couple had initial difficulties in booking a Ryanair flight because it was not possible to book online within the airline’s stipulated four-hour window, even though there were up to 50 seats available on the flight to Brussels at the time.

Locally-based Senator Fidelma Healy Eames contacted both the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Polish embassy in Dublin.

Officials at the embassy immediately contacted Dublin Airport and the Ryanair office at the airport was contacted internally. When the situation was explained to staff at Ryanair, the company immediately offered free flights.


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