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Tributes paid to Northern Ireland mum killed in Bulgaria collision

By Victoria O'Hara

Tributes have been paid to a mother-of-four from Northern Ireland who died after being hit by a car while on holiday in Bulgaria.

Described as a "fantastic lady", Roseleen Donaghy had made the trip with her husband Brian from their home in Donaghmore, Co Tyrone.

The couple were out walking on Friday when the fatal incident happened. Police in Bulgaria are currently investigating the death.

Mr Donaghy was also injured in the incident. Their four children, one who currently lives in Australia, are understood to have travelled to Bulgaria.

Mrs Donaghy's family has been in contact with officials seeking assistance with repatriation of her body. The Foreign Office in London confirmed: "We are aware of a traffic accident in Bulgaria involving two British nationals. We are providing consular assistance."

A Sunday Mass was held at St Joseph's Grammar School in Donaghmore, where prayers were said for Mrs Donaghy, who was in her early 50s.

Social media sites have been inundated with tributes to the childminder.

One said: "Thinking and praying for your entire family."

Another said: "She was a fantastic lady. And will be looking down on each and everyone of you."

And another said: "Words don't do justice, such a lovely lady rip Rosaleen ur beautiful mother may god help you and your family at this very difficult time. May angels surround ur family, heaven has gained an angel please god help everyone through this difficult time, god bless."

Sinn Fein MP Francie Molloy said the community has been numbed by the death.

"Brian is recovering thankfully and the family are now trying to make sure that the remains are brought home as quickly as possible," he said.

SDLP MLA Patsy McGlone said: "This is tragic news for the Donaghy family, their friends and the local community.

"A sudden death at any time is understandably traumatic, however, when it occurs abroad it must be very distressing.

"The family has been in contact with my office seeking assistance with repatriation.

"I will do all I can to help them at this very sad time."

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