A Galway parish is in mourning this week, after a 24-year-old local woman was killed in a tragic road collision in Australia.
Emma Healy from Raheen, near Kilchreest in Co. Galway, lost control of the Nissan Patrol car she was driving on a remote road near Exmouth in Australia.
Ms Healy, who had been living in Perth for a number of months, was thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene. Two other passengers in the car sustained injuries in the crash but are believed to be in a stable condition.
The 24-year-old is survived by her parents, John and Josephine, her sister Jillian and her brother Paul, who is understood to be based in Canada. She was remembered in masses at Clostoken and Kilconieran at the weekend.
Speaking to the Galway Independent this week, parish priest Fr Benny Flanagan said the local community was in shock at the news.
“I cannot speak for a whole parish, but, of course, people are shocked and I have been in close contact with the Healy family. I knew Emma personally; she graduated from University of Limerick two years ago and she comes from an exceptionally good family,” he said.
Friends from across the globe led tributes to the popular Galway girl on her Facebook page this week, remembering her as a ‘great character’ who ‘loved life and having fun’.
It is understood that a funeral service for Ms Healy will not take place for another fortnight.