Declan Carty, whose wife Lorna was one of 38 people killed on a beach in Sousse by an Islamic State gunman, said people’s sympathy and support has been “a tremendous comfort” to him.
Declan, a dairy farmer from Robinstown, Co Meath, named a number of tourists at the resort who helped him when he “needed it most”.
“I would like to thank a Swiss woman Jasmine as well as a British couple, Gary and Alison Hollinrake who both took me under their wing and supported me in my time of need,” he said.
“Kevin Hawkes, a man who served many years in the British army, for putting his arm around me and consoling me on the beach when I was at my lowest ebb.”
Lorna’s son Simon, a 21-year-old student at University College Dublin, had been at home when news of the attack emerged, while Lorna’s 18-year-old daughter Hazel, who had just finished the Leaving Cert, had been on holiday in Turkey.
Declan thanked Eimer Hannon Travel for organising Simon’s emergency trip to Tunisia, and Sunway Holidays for arranging Hazel’s trip home from Turkey.
He also expressed gratitude to Aer Lingus who were “unbelievably kind” in their efforts to repatriate Lorna’s body, to the gardaí “for all their assistance” and the local community who “rallied around”.
“We very much appreciate the support and sympathy that has been expressed,” he said.“We thank the media for respecting our privacy up to now and we ask that you continue to allow us this privacy, so that we can mourn the sudden and tragic passing of our beloved Lorna with dignity.”