Relatives and friends of Aisling Brady McCarthy have vowed to help her rebuild her life as they prepare to welcome her back to Co Cavan after her ordeal.
The people of Lavey village and surrounding areas are hoping to see Aisling some time next week if immigration officials grant her wish and allow her some time to say goodbye to her home of 13 years in Boston before deporting her.
Local priest, Fr Kevin Fay, said everyone in the area was in great form over the news of her acquittal.
“People are delighted with the outcome. There was never any doubt in anybody’s mind around here that Aisling was innocent.”
But Fr Fay said the trauma of the experience for Aisling and her family could not be played down.
Aisling Brady McCarthy
“They’re a great family, a very strong family but naturally enough it’s been a nightmare two and a half years, not alone for Aisling but for her family. Family members have been going over and back to Massachusetts. It’s horrible — visiting your loved one in prison — so it’s been very, very hard on them.”
Aisling grew up in Moher, Lavey, the fourth of 10 children and her mother, Margaret, some of her siblings, and extended family still live in the area.
Local councillor Val Smith said the community had come together numerous times to fundraise for Aisling over the past few years and now hoped their next gettogether would be to celebrate her homecoming.
Mr Smith said local people never doubted Aisling’s innocence and had rallied quickly to raise money for her defence.
“Everyone got behind this. It’s been two and a half years of pure torture for that family and of course for Aisling herself.”
Locals took to social media to share their delight at the news that her charges were being dropped and to express their relief that justice had finally won the day.
Aisling Brady McCarthy attorneys speaking after homicide case dropped. Say Aisling can't stop crying out of joy. pic.twitter.com/toPvJOPEu9
Aisling Brady McCarthy attorneys speaking after homicide case dropped. Say Aisling can't stop crying out of joy. pic.twitter.com/toPvJOPEu9— Monica Madeja NBC10 Boston (@MonicaNBCBoston) August 31, 2015
But others voiced concern for the impact the ordeal will have had on Aisling as she comes to terms with the loss of two and a half years of her life and the end of her hopes for a future in the US.
The 37-year-old married Corkman Don McCarthy, a painter and decorator, in Boston shortly before her arrest and the couple planned to remain in the US.
They now face difficult decisions about their future.
“It’s going to be very hard for her to get back to herself,” Mr Smith said.
Fr Fay said people understood that Aisling and Don were facing significant challenges. “People will be very good to the two of them, I have no doubt. There will be great support for them when they come back.”
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