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Tuesday 27 September 2016

Intelligent, smiling, kind girl who devoted her whole life to helping others

TRIBUTES

More than €70,000 has been donated by members of the public to help Karen Buckley's family during their time of grief
More than €70,000 has been donated by members of the public to help Karen Buckley's family during their time of grief

a bubbly, smiling and enormously caring young woman.

These were just some of the words used to describe tragic Karen Buckley.

Karen's heartbroken best friend said in a touching tribute that her life was made richer by Karen being a part of it.

Limerick IT graduate Julie Malone added that she will miss her more than "anyone could ever imagine".

Those who worked with and studied with Karen said that she always gave 100pc to everything.

Staff at the Hibernian Hotel in Mallow, Co Cork spoke of a former co-worker who was always willing to help.

"She was always smiling, that was Karen, no matter how hard the work at functions," one hotel supervisor said.

"She could never do enough to help you, I suppose that is why she chose the career she did,"

Karen attended Analeentha national school and later St Mary's secondary school in Mallow in 2003.

St Mary's principal, Yvonne Bane, spoke of their anguish at the Glasgow news.

Karen went to university at University of Limerick where she made close friends over four years.

She also kept in contact with primary school friend, Denyse O'Brien.

But above all, Karen had a vocation for caring for people.

A nursing graduate from the University of Limerick (UL), Karen told friends that she adored helping the injured improve their quality of life.

After qualifying, she decided to specialise in occupational therapy and went to study at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) last January.

Another of her best friends, Claire Bowen, said she was excited about her future career.

Travel was also a passion for Karen who toured extensively throughout Europe and the Far East.

Karen was the youngest of John and Marian Buckley's four children.

Her parents farm a successful holding in Analeentha-Mourneabbey, near Mallow.

She had three older brothers - Brendan, Kieran and Damian.

Yesterday, her devastated brothers changed their Facebook profiles to include photos of Karen as a tribute to their beautiful sister.

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