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Tributes paid to 'great woman' struck by car while crossing the road to Mass

Kathleen McGarvey passed away in the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast on Saturday

AN elderly pedestrian struck by a car in Co Tyrone while walking to Mass earlier this month has died as a result of her injuries.

Kathleen McGarvey from Dunmoyle, who was aged in her 70s, was hit by a car on the A5 near Garvaghey on January 13.

It is understood the mother-of-seven had been crossing the road on her way to St Matthew's Church when the collision happened.

She had been undergoing treatment in the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast since the crash, but passed away on Saturday.

Tributes have been paid to Mrs McGarvey, who was the wife of Francis, the vice-president of Errigal Ciaran GAC?, with many describing her as a "great woman".

Prayers had been offered at Masses over the past two weeks for Mrs McGarvey in the hope that she would recover from her injuries.

Malachy McCourt from Errigal Ciaran GAC, said everyone had been left saddened by her death.

"All of her children would have played in some capacity with the club, so the whole family have a strong connection with the club," he said.

"She was well known and lived just a stones throw from Cardinal MacRory Park, the home of Errigal Ciaran.

"Everyone is very shocked at what has happened. Prayers have been said for her at Mass and the chapel was packed.

"Everyone was praying and hoping she would make a recovery. We will rally around the family and do all we can to help them at this difficult time."

Mrs McGarvey's son-in-law, Dermot Carlin - a former Tyrone All Ireland winner - plays for Killyclogher GAA, which also paid tribute to her.

?In a statement, it said: "Sincere sympathy to the family circle of the late Mrs Kathleen McGarvey. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this very sad time".

Other tributes described her as a "great woman" while another said it was a "tragedy for a truly lovely family".

Requiem Mass for Mrs McGarvey will be held in St Mary's Church, Dunmoyle at 11am tomorrow followed by interment in the adjoining cemetery.

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