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Tributes paid to "incredible person" Grace McDermott after tragic death in house fire

Renowned blogger and PhD student Grace died in a house fire at Annacotty, Co Limerick, early yesterday morning.

grace Grace McDermott Source: Twitter

HEARTFELT TRIBUTES HAVE been paid to PhD candidate and co-founder of the well-known blog Women Are Boring Grace McDermott.

Grace lost her life tragically in the early hours of Monday morning after a fire broke out in the house in which she was staying in Annacotty, Co Limerick.

Three men and another woman escaped the house unharmed.

She had been in the city to take part in the Barrington’s Hospital Great Limerick Run on Sunday.

Along with friend and fellow PhD candidate Catherine Connolly, Grace had set up the Women Are Boring blog which had become an internationally-renowned outlet in its short life, highlighting female-led research across the globe.

“So devastated to share the news that our co-founder Grace McDermott died tragically yesterday. Women Are Boring is now on hiatus for a while,” Connolly wrote on the blog’s Twitter account.

I will continue the project (Grace would be so mad if I stopped!) but will need a little time. Thanks to all for your support.

Saddened tributes in reaction to the tragic news have been paid throughout the day, with students of Grace’s  in particular paying their respects.

“Her passion and enthusiasm was infectious,” one former student wrote on Twitter.

“She was the first really good educator I encountered in UL and it was my first class where it felt like people were excited to be there,” wrote another.

“She was an incredible person,” Connolly wrote this afternoon.

This is such a loss for the world. We were due to celebrate the first birthday of the site on Friday and it will never be the same without her. Utterly torn apart to have lost my partner-in-crime.

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