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Fermanagh community 'shocked and heartbroken' after death of Kiara McCoy (29) in road crash

29-year-old Kiara McCoy, from Lisnaskea in Co Fermanagh, was killed in a road crash near Brookeborough on Tuesday evening. Picture from Facebook 
John Monaghan

A COMMUNITY in Co Fermanagh has been left "shocked and heartbroken" after the death of a young mother-of-two in a road crash.

Kiara McCoy (29), from Lisnaskea, was killed in a two-vehicle collision on the A4 Belfast Road at Brookeborough shortly before 8pm on Tuesday.

A male passenger travelling with Ms McCoy was in a critical but stable condition in the South-West Acute Hospital, while the driver of the other vehicle suffered minor chest injuries.

Ms McCoy was a former pupil of Mount Lourdes Grammar School in Enniskillen and was a graduate of Queen's University Belfast.

A prominent pro-life supporter, she had worked as an executive director at pregnancy care clinic Stanton Healthcare - which is based on the same street in Belfast as the Marie Stopes clinic - since February.

Canon Joseph Mullin, parish priest of Lisnaskea, said the area had been left deeply saddened by the "terrible tragedy".

"Kiara lived in this parish and needless to say people are heartbroken," he said. "People in Lisnaskea are shocked and the community will rally round the family, that is what a good Christian community does."

Bernadette Smyth, director of pro-life group Precious Life, said her friends had been shocked by the tragedy.

"All of her colleagues and friends in the pro-life movement are saddened and stunned," she said.

"She had been in the movement for 10 years and she was greatly loved and appreciated by many people."

She added: "She has left a legacy at Stanton Healthcare and that will live on in her name".

Ms McCoy is survived by her children Raphael and Jude, parents Vincent and Eileen, brother Jake and sister Donna.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Cross Church, Lisnaskea, at 11am on Saturday followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Sinn Féin Fermanagh and South Tyrone MLA Jemma Dolan said: "Thinking of the family and friends of the young woman killed tragically near Brookeborough last night. Our roads take another life. RIP."

The A4, which was closed in both directions following the crash, has been the scene of eight fatalities between Fivemiletown and Enniskillen in the last six years.

Ulster Unionist councillor Victor Warrington said: "It is fair to say that the A4 has been a bad area for accidents. There have been numerous accidents over the years resulting in fatalities."

Police have appealed for anyone with information to contact officers on 101.

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