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Bridge fall bride's aunts died in freak accident

The family of tragic bride Caroline Cahalin, who died five days after getting married in Londonderry, has suffered heartache before — two of her aunts died in a freak accident.

Sally and Mary Farren, the sisters of Caroline’s heartbroken father Danny, died following a house fire in the late 1970s when they came home from a dance.

The women, who were in their twenties at the time, died after they were overcome by smoke from a fire at their home in Carndonagh, Co Donegal.

Last night a family friend revealed how this is the third tragedy to strike the family.

“They really have been very unfortunate,” the friend said.

“The two aunts, Sally and Mary, died in what was a freak accident.

“And then young Sinead McDaid, Caroline’s cousin, died in |a horrible accident when her |car skidded off the road outside Culdaff in 2001. And now Caroline has been taken from them just a few days after she got married.

“It’s just one thing after another with them.

“The Farrens are a very well-known and respected family in Inishowen.

“The thoughts and prayers of the local community are with them now.

“It’s difficult coping with one tragedy in a family, but three is just awful.

“It’s going to be very tough on them saying goodbye to Caroline. She was just so bubbly and she had her whole life with new husband Tony ahead of her.

“It’s just so hard for everyone involved to take in,” said the family friend.

Caroline (nee Farren) died when she lost her footing and |fell at the Tul na Ri bridge in Carndonagh, Co Donegal, on Sunday evening.

She had been socialising with friends just days after tying the knot with husband |Tony at the Guildhall in Derry on Thursday last — also her 40th birthday.

It is understood Caroline |stumbled backwards and fell 20 feet off the bridge, landing on the embankment below, at around 3am.

She suffered severe injuries and was rushed to Letterkenny General Hospital but was pronounced dead on Tuesday morning.

Her heartbroken husband Tony said his new bride was everything he lived for in this world.

“I can’t believe she’s gone. I loved Caroline so much. I just can’t forget her smiling face,” he said.

Caroline, who lived for a time in Scotland and England before returning to live in Donegal, will be buried after a funeral Mass at the Sacred Heart Church in Carndonagh at 11am tomorrow.

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