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Irish mother among dead in Tunisia

By Brian Hutton

Published 27/06/2015

Lorna Carty
Lorna Carty

An Irish mother-of-two gunned down in the Tunisian beach resort massacre was taking her husband on holiday to help him recover from heart surgery, family friends have said.

Named locally as Lorna Carty, from Robinstown, Co Meath, she was believed to have gone to the beach by herself in Sousse when the gunman went on the rampage.

She was a nurse, aged in her 50s, and had a son and a daughter.

One family friend said: "Lorna rushed her husband to hospital about a fortnight ago after he was getting pains in his heart. He had to get stents in.

"They went out to Tunisia to have a bit of a holiday after the operation. Apparently (her husband) Declan stayed back in the room and she went to the beach."

Mrs Carty, whose maiden name is Harlin, was a nurse in a GP surgery in Navan.

Her husband, a dairy farmer, is said to be uninjured but "absolutely distraught".

Her son Simon is on the Meath senior Gaelic football team panel. The family are heavily involved in the local Gaelic Athletic Association.

Her daughter was believed to be on holiday after her school leaving exams.

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