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Doctor Siobhan O'Connor dies after ski fall in Austria

By Nevin Darrell

A doctor from Northern Ireland has been killed in a skiing accident in the Austrian Alps.

Dr Siobhan O'Connor, originally from Ballycastle and a psychiatrist in London, trained in the province. She is believed to have been in her 50s and died on Tuesday.

The London-based Royal College of Psychiatrists said it was shocked at the death of a "much respected" colleague.

It's understood Dr O'Connor was an experienced skier who fell going down a steep slope on Tuesday morning.

The emergency services were alerted by her skiing companions when they reached her and discovered her hurt, but it is understood that the highly respected medic was dead on arrival at hospital.

She worked as a consultant psychiatrist for adults in Maudsley Hospital in south London, having graduated from Queen's University Belfast.

She previously worked as a consultant psychiatrist/psychotherapist with Downshire Hospital in Downpatrick for several years before moving to London.

Sympathy has been passed to her family circle from people who knew her in her home town and former colleagues.

Ballycastle man Chris McCaughan knew Ms O'Connor and said she regularly travelled back to the town.

Mr McCaughan said: "She was an ardent sportswoman and as well as snow skiing she did water skiing and played tennis and golf.

"We are all in shock at her death.

"I spoke to her about six months ago in Ballycastle and she was likeable, outgoing and very friendly.

"Her mother was Dr Mary O'Connor, who was the midwife who brought me into the world.

A spokesman for The Royal College of Psychiatrists in Northern Ireland said: "We are saddened to learn of the death of our esteemed colleague and friend Dr Siobhan O'Connor."

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