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Daughter’s heartbreak after mum Michelle Healy dies in crash

Michelle Healy with her daughter Hannah
Michelle Healy with her daughter Hannah
Lauren Harte

By Lauren Harte

The heartbroken daughter of a Co Down woman who died in a weekend road accident said that she doesn't know how she will ever get over the loss of the woman she "loved more than life itself".

Michelle Healy (48), from Castlewellan, died in a single vehicle collision on Dree Hill in Dromara at around 1.10pm on Sunday.

She had been travelling from the home of her partner Peter Joe O'Hare towards Dromara when the red Mitsubishi vehicle she was driving left the narrow country road high in the Mournes and tumbled four times into a field.

She died at the scene.

Ms Healy is survived by her five children: Hannah (29), Paul (27), Tara (21), Niamh (17) and Oisin (11), and four grandchildren: Corey, Leah-Rose, Finn and Emily.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph yesterday, Hannah said: "I wish this was all a bad dream, but it's comforting to know that she didn't suffer.

"My heart's hurting so much and the news still hasn't sunk in yet.

"I just can't believe I'm never going to see or hug my mum again.

"She was the best mum that anyone could have asked for and someone who was loved by so many people.

"I'm going to miss her every single day.

"She was my everything and I loved her more than life itself.

"I don't know how I'm ever going to get over this, but Heaven has gained the most beautiful angel in mummy and I'm going to do everything to make her proud of me."

Father Denis McKinlay of St Malachy's Church in Castlewellan, where Ms Healy's funeral will take place tomorrow, said her tragic death had come just weeks after local man Shane McAnallen lost his life in a car crash in Co Louth.

Mr McAnallen, from Burrenreagh Road in the town, and his friend Martin Patterson, who were both aged in 20s, died in the crash near Carlingford on the Cooley Peninsula in the early hours of March 18.

Fr McKinlay said: "This is exceptionally sad news and is the second road traffic accident in the parish within a matter of weeks.

"It's just so shocking and terribly sad that now we have another young woman's life taken so suddenly in a tragic road crash.

"I know several members of the family and they are exceptionally nice people.

"The parish feels for them in their time of sorrow and will be praying for them."

Hundreds of people took to social media yesterday to offer their condolences to the family, with many remembering Ms Healy as "a lovely kind-hearted woman" and "a wonderful person".

One family friend posted: "Michelle was a great person, my family always thought well of her. God bless x Rest in Peace Michelle".

Another added: "Rest easy Michelle, you were like my second mom.

"You'll never be forgotten!"

Ms Healy is also survived by her parents Fred and Mary Rose; siblings Bernadette, Rosene, Sharon, Mickey, Marian and Eileen; nieces, nephews and entire family circle.

Ms Healy's remains will leave her mother's home in Castlewellan tomorrow morning to arrive at St Malachy's Church for Requiem Mass, which will be followed by burial in the grounds in Aughlisnafin.

Meanwhile, police have issued an appeal for anyone who witnessed the collision or who may have dash cam footage to get in touch by calling the non-emergency 101 number.

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