North Belfast mother-of-two dies in Sligo motorbike crash

Mother-of-two Anne Carson (56) from north Belfast died in a road crash in Co Sligo on Sunday. Her funeral will take place on Thursday 
Gareth McKeown

THE daughters of a north Belfast woman who died in a motorbike crash in Co Sligo have paid moving tributes to a "brilliant person".

Anne Carson (56), a care worker from Ballysillan, was killed after the motorbike she was a passenger on collided with a car on the N16 Sligo to Manorhamilton road near Drumkinsellagh on Sunday afternoon. She died at the scene.

The driver, a man in his 50s, was taken to hospital where he is in a 'critical' condition. The occupants of the car were uninjured.

Mrs Carson's distraught daughters Joe-Anne and Lara and the wider family have been devastated by the death of Anne.

Speaking to the Irish News Joe-Anne McMullan said her mother was "full of love" for her family, especially her three grandchildren whom she "doted upon".

"She was a brilliant person, a free spirit, kind-hearted, she had a heart of gold," she said.

Youngest daughter Lara paid tribute to her 'mummy' in a series of heartfelt posts on Facebook.

"My heart and world is shattered into a million pieces I love you more than anything mummy," she wrote.

"Mummy's don't die, they just build new homes in the sky," a second post read.

There were a host of further tributes paid on social media with the mother-of-two described as a "fun-loving, kind-hearted girl" and "one of the best" by friends.

"Another lovely person with a heart of gold gone too soon," wrote another.

North Belfast DUP MLA William Humphrey said: “It’s absolutely tragic for her family and for her children. It’s just an awful shock to the family and the wider community.

“Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.”

The funeral of Anne Carson will leave her late home at Faburn Park, Ballysillan at 2pm on Thursday, July 26 for service at Roselawn Crematorium.

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses following the fatal collision, which occurred at approximately 1pm on Sunday. Anyone with information is asked to contact Sligo Garda Station.

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