The entire community in Lanesboro has been left deeply saddened this week following the death of 20-year-old Aisling Brady.
The young woman from Curreen, Rathcline Road was injured in a road traffic accident at Shroid on January 8 last.
She suffered extensive injuries in the crash and was hospitalised. She tragically lost her battle for life on Saturday last, February 28.
The Lanesboro native was a second year Science student at NUIG at the time of her death and had been awarded a scholarship, after being one of 500 students who emerged in the top six percent of the class, in her first year.
Her parents Peter and Sharon collected the scholarship just two weeks ago on Aisling’s behalf, at the Galway university.
Her aunt Amanda Mitchell told the Leader the family was devastated by Aisling’s death and described her niece as a ‘bright, loyal and talented’ young woman who fought so hard to live in the aftermath of the accident.
After attending St Mary’s NS in Lanesboro, the late Aisling Brady went to the Convent of Mercy in Roscommon.
Upon receiving 550 points in her Leaving Cert, she took up the Science course at NUIG and was intending to branch into Zoology at the end of this academic year.
She was also a member of the Ballyboro Scouts since childhood and had reached ‘Adventurer’ level with the shannonside club.
“She loved Archery and was a member of the NUIG Archery Club,” Ms Mitchell added.
“She was a very bright girl with an almost photographic memory. If Aisling saw something once, she would remember it.
“There was so many things she wanted to do in life and one of those was to branch off into Zoology at college.
“She was shy but so loyal and she was very loyal to her friends.
“She drove all over the country with them.
“She was also very good-natured and when people met her they would fall in love with her - she was so likeable.”
Local representative in Lanesboro, Cllr Mark Casey said the whole community was in shock following Aisling’s death.
“Everyone remained so hopeful that Aisling would pull through and it is so sad that it was not to be,” he added.
Aisling Brady will be laid to rest today Wednesday in Clonbonny Cemetery following Funeral Mass at St Mary’s Church, Lanesboro.
She is survived by her parents Peter and Sharon; sisters Michelle and Patricia; brother Paul, nephew Gavin, grandfathers Tom and Brian, aunts, uncles, relatives and friends.
May she Rest in Peace.