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'She was a lovely person': Tributes to Mayo woman who died after becoming ill on flight

The 30-year-old woman was on a flight home from a holiday with her fiancé.

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TRIBUTES HAVE BEEN flooding in for a 30-year-old Mayo woman who died after becoming ill on a flight from Cape Town.

Majella Donoghue had been on holiday in South Africa with her fiancé Barry Doherty when she became seriously ill on the flight to London. She was rushed to hospital when the plane landed, but later died. The couple had recently gotten engaged.

Tributes have described the Mayo woman as “a wonderful, good-hearted person”, as fun-loving and kind.

She had worked in the past for the Galway Advertiser and the newspaper yesterday said it was remembering her with fondness.

She was a lovely person and our sympathies go out to her family and friends.

The 30-year-old was involved in a number of fundraising and charity initiatives and did voluntary work with the Christina Noble Children’s foundation in 2011. She also worked as a volunteer with the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC).

In a statement, the charity said it had learned of her death with “great sadness”, adding that she had been a dedicated advocacy volunteer.

Majella was an enormous asset to the ISPCC, her enthusiasm, commitment and passion evident to all who came into contact with her. She was enormously well-liked by her ISPCC colleagues.

“In addition to her significant time commitment in acting as a volunteer to effect changes to benefit children in Ireland, she was also hugely committed to fundraising for the ISPCC,” it added.

“Our thoughts and heartfelt sympathies are with her fiancé and her family, as well as her many friends.”

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