The Limerick woman who along with her young daughter died in a road crash in Poland on Wednesday, had just moved into a new family home in Norway with her helicopter pilot husband and their two children.
Yvonne Long, aged 30, from Curraghchase, Kilcornan, was killed along with her daughter, Ella, aged two, when another car ploughed into them as the family travelled to Krakow airport in Poland, on their way from home from a wedding.
Yvonne’s husband, Soren Buchtrup and their other child, Noah, aged seven months, received minor injuries.
Mr Buchtrup, a native of Denmark, works as a helicopter pilot on North Sea oil rigs. The family recently moved into a new home in Bergen on the west coast of Norway. Yvonne and Soren were married four years ago.
Yvonne’s father, John Long, who is a well-known figure in horse racing circles, said yesterday: “Yvonne was a wonderful daughter and a girl everybody who knew her loved and somebody who could not do enough for you.
“She and Soren had just moved into a new house in Bergen and my wife Angela and our oldest, Vivienne went over to help them redecorate,” he said.
Mr Long said the couple and their children had flown to Krakow to attend a wedding in Slovakia and had rented a car.
He said: “Soren had some time off and they decided to make a holiday of the visit to the wedding. Angela spoke to Yvonne at the wedding on Saturday and she spoke to her on Skype on Monday. Yvonne told her how she had such a great time at the wedding and were enjoying the family break.”
Mr Long said: “Yvonne met Soren when they were at a wedding in Orlando, about seven years ago. She went with my older son Gary who has a helicopter pilot licence.
“Soren is a lovely fellow and we were all so happy for them. We got the awful news on Wednesday when Soren rang. He was at the hospital, but his phone was not fully charged and we lost contact for over two hours.”
Mr Long said the information he had about the accident was that they were parked when a car travelling at high speed ploughed into them.
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