Death of young mother and gifted dancer Caoimhe Lavery rocks west Belfast community
Tributes have been paid to a young west Belfast mother who died suddenly at the weekend.
Caoimhe Lavery (21) was found at 11pm on Friday in her Springfield Avenue home.
The mother-of-two, a renowned dancing champion, had celebrated her daughter Maddison's first birthday just over a week ago.
She also leaves a devastated fiancé, Dean McComb (24), and son Jaden, aged two.
Her brother Michael said: "She was a hip hop dancing champion - she won the world championships.
"She was always a happy person and always loved having a brilliant laugh with family and friends. She was always helping people through everything.
"She was just the world's greatest."
Miss Lavery's uncle Martin Hamill said the whole family was devastated at the news.
"She was a fantastic mum who just loved her kids.
"She was over the Moon to have had a boy and a girl.
"Everybody is really upset. It's just really sad," he said.
He added: "Caoimhe was a great character. She was a no-nonsense person. She could be as sharp as a knife but always good fun.
"And she loved dancing. Years ago she danced in Las Vegas at the world championships.
"And she was very into hip hop and dance music."
Friends said Caoimhe was a very talented dancer who won multiple awards.
She danced with a troupe called Rapture, as well Urban Funk Crew, practising three nights a week.
Lifelong friend Christina Gourley, who runs the Urban Funk Crew dance troupe, said Caoimhe will be sorely missed.
"I couldn't believe it when I heard the news. I felt sick with the shock of it.
"She was a fantastic dancer. She was one of the best in Belfast, there was no doubt about it, she was really, really good," Ms Gourley said.
She added: "Caoimhe was a nice person.
"She was always very good with helping out with the younger dancers.
"She was so good she could have been a professional, she could have gone really far.
"Everybody got on with her, she was good at bringing people together and socialising and she was really witty, she was really funny.
"She liked getting up to mischief but she was always good fun to be around.
"I can't just believe this has happened, it's so sad.
"I just can't take it in. She really loved her two kids and came from a really close family. She loved her mum and her sisters, who were all excellent dancers too.
"Caoimhe and her mummy Noreen were like glue, they were so, so close. I just don't how Noreen will be coping with all this. It's terrible.
"Everyone is so shocked and I just want Caoimhe's family to know that we are all thinking about them at such a sad time."
A funeral Mass was due to be held today at Corpus Christi at 10am, followed by burial at St Joseph's Cemetery, Hannahstown.