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Tributes to mother-of-three who died in Donegal pier tragedy

Letterkenny Gaels GAA paid tribute to Fiona Doherty, who died after her car left a pier in Kerrykeel on Saturday

A MOTHER-of-three has died after her car left a pier in Co Donegal.

The body of the victim, named locally as Fiona Doherty from Letterkenny, was recovered from the water in Kerrykeel on Saturday.

Ms Doherty, who aged in her 30s, was married to Letterkenny Gaels GAA reserve team player Ciaran Doherty, who is also a physio to the senior football team.

Tributes were paid on Sunday night to Ms Doherty, who was described as someone who "always had a smile".

Her car is believed to have left the pier in the popular holiday village of Kerrykeel, just north of Letterkenny, on Saturday at around 1.30pm.

Mulroy Coast Guard, the Sligo 118 helicopter and expert divers were all involved in the recovery mission after the alarm was raised.

It is believed there is no suggestion of suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.

In a statement on Sunday night, Letterkenny Gaels GAA said club members had been left shocked by Ms Doherty's death.

Club secretary Jim McGlynn said it was "with great sadness that I write this message to convey news of the tragic passing of our esteemed club member, Fiona Doherty".

He said Ms Doherty had "contributed in so many ways" to the club.

"Fiona gave generously of her time and I found her bubbly enthusiasm both enjoyable and inspiring in everything we all conspired to do for our club," he said.

Hundreds of other tributes have been paid to the young mother on social media.

A friend described her as "such a lovely girl always a smile for you when you met her and always stopped to chat and have the craic".

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