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Tributes to 'bubbly' nurse who died in fall from holiday balcony

By Brett Campbell

Tributes have been paid to a "bubbly" and "outgoing" west Belfast nurse who died after falling from a balcony while on holiday in Turkey.

Seaneen McCullough (37) is understood to have been in the country with her partner Paul and son Eoin when the tragedy happened.

The Mater Hospital nurse, from the New Barnsley area of the city, passed away in the early hours of Wednesday.

Father Patrick McCafferty said the "highly esteemed" woman's death has stunned the whole community and devastated an entire family.

"They are struggling to take this in and are focused on bringing Seaneen home," he said.

The Corpus Christi parish priest said Seaneen was a "very much loved" member of the community as he urged people to pray for her family.

"A hospital has lost a great nurse, but a family has lost so much more than that and need our prayers."

Many staff where Seaneen worked have expressed their shock and sadness after losing a cherished colleague.

"It is with deep regret that we learn of the tragic passing of our friend, colleague and Unison member," the union posted on social media. "Seaneen was a very outgoing and fun loving person and a great friend to many."

The tribute, which was posted on the Unison branch's Facebook account, said the Ward C nurse was a valued member of the nursing team and extended condolences to Seaneen's family, friends and colleagues.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with you all," it read.

Hundreds of people paid tribute to the mother-of-one online.

"Absolutely heartbreaking news such a lovely, bubbly person and a brilliant and very caring wee nurse," one colleague wrote. "Any time I did shifts with her, she really brightened up the day for staff and patients," they added. Another described Seaneen as the "loveliest person" who had a "heart of gold".

One colleague who was struggling to comprehend the tragic loss said they will never forget Seaneen's "infectious" laugh.

Turkish police have launched an investigation to establish the circumstances surrounding the tragedy. The family are working with Ms McCullough's travel insurance provider to make arrangements to bring her home and lay her to resgt.

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