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Wednesday 19 December 2018

Tragedy as young woman dies in fall from balcony on Thai 'trip of a lifetime'

Louise Furey is believed to have fallen to her death from a balcony at her hotel in Thailand
Louise Furey is believed to have fallen to her death from a balcony at her hotel in Thailand

A young woman has died following a tragic accident in Thailand just a few days into the "trip of a lifetime".

Louise Furey, from Glenties, Co Donegal, died after a fall from a balcony at her resort on Friday morning.

Ms Furey had arrived in the country last Wednesday for a holiday and was there with her long-term boyfriend Sam Bulmer.

The 27-year-old was based in Guernsey in the Channel Islands, where she worked with children's services.

Just a few days ago, Ms Furey posted a picture of herself and Mr Bulmer relaxing at their resort, the Replay residence and pool villa on the popular island of Koh Samui.

Poignant

Her poignant last Facebook post shows a picture of the couple having a drink beside the beach and reads: "Long flight... relaxation time."

A full investigation has been launched by Thai police into the circumstances surrounding the tragedy.

Louise's father Patsy, a well-known Donegal GAA fan, died less than two years ago following an illness.

Family members are understood to have travelled to Thailand in the aftermath of the tragedy.

The local community in Donegal has been plunged into mourning at the death of the popular young woman.

Her mum Breege is a well-known teacher in the Scoil Mhuire National School in the close-knit town.

Ms Furey has one brother, Daniel, and three sisters, Celine, Annie and Rosaleen.

Daniel and one of Ms Furey's sisters are understood to have travelled to Thailand to make arrangements for the return of their sister's body.

Ms Furey was born and grew up on the Ard Patrick estate in Glenties, where former Donegal GAA manager and Celtic coach Jim McGuinness was a close neighbour.

Numb

Glenties Community Group chairman Brian Carr said the entire town is numb following the news of the tragedy in Thailand.

"Louise moved to Guernsey a few years ago but was a frequent visitor home," Mr Carr said.

"You would see herself and her close school friends catching up about what had happened since they last met.

"There was about five or six of them in a very close gang of friends, of which some are also away from home.

"Louise went on what would be called the trip of a lifetime just last Wednesday with her boyfriend Sam to Thailand.

"Unfortunately it is a holiday that has had such a tragic ending. The town is numb and in total shock with such terrible news.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Louise's family at this time," he added.

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