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Partner of tragic mum Ruth Maguire pays tribute to his 'soul mate'

 

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Ruth Maguire and fiance James Griffin

Ruth Maguire and fiance James Griffin

Ruth Maguire and fiance James Griffin

The devastated fiance of tragic young mum Ruth Maguire has paid tribute to his "soul mate".

Ruth was due to marry her partner of 12 years James Griffin in August.

The mother-of-three's body was found in Carlingford Lough on Monday after disappearing from a friend's hen party on Saturday.

Mr Griffin wrote on Facebook: "I would like to say a big thank you to Kilkeel coastguards, the emergency services, Garda and the local people from Carlingford for everything they have done to find Ruth.

"I would also like to say thank you for all the kind messages I'm getting regarding Ruth's passing.

"Ruth will be missed more than she will ever know by myself and our three children and families.

"Ruth wasn't just my partner, she was my soul mate."

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Ruth and James with children Tyler (10), Lydia (7) and Oliver (5)

Ruth and James with children Tyler (10), Lydia (7) and Oliver (5)

Ruth and James with children Tyler (10), Lydia (7) and Oliver (5)

The 30-year-old nurse assistant, from Newcastle, went missing after 11.30pm on Saturday, March 16, after a hen night with more than 30 friends at a bar in Carlingford, Co Louth.

Her body was recovered in the water between Carlingford and Greenore by divers on Monday following an extensive search and rescue operation.

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The search in Carlingford, Co Louth

The search in Carlingford, Co Louth

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The search in Carlingford, Co Louth

In an interview with the Belfast Telegraph, her older sister Rachel Wilkinson said Ruth had been preparing to get married on August 8.

"I was going to be maid of honour. All the children - hers, mine and Ryan's  (eldest brother) little girl Nyla (8) - were going to be flower boys and girls. There were 180 guests."

She added: "We are going to let her wear her wedding dress in the coffin."

Ruth's funeral will be held at St Vincent de Paul Church in Belfast at 9am on Saturday.

Belfast Telegraph