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Tributes paid to 'caring and bubbly' Co Antrim woman Donna McCoy

Donna McCoy from Randalstown in Co Antrim has died aged 48
Connla Young

A Co Antrim mother-of-four who died suddenly this week has been described as a “caring and bubbly” woman who would help anyone.

Randalstown woman Donna McCoy suffered a heart attack on Monday and was buried in her home town on Thursday.

The 48-year-old was well known in the Co Antrim town where she helped set up the local ladies football team.

The grandmother-of-five later went on to manage Tír na nÓg to the Antrim junior ladies championship in 2010.

Mrs McCoy's death is the second tragedy to hit her family this year.

In January her nephew Adrian McCloskey, from Toome, died in a workplace fall in the Galbally area of Co Tyrone.

Her grieving daughter Megan saod that while her mother had health issues, including Fibromyalgia, a kidney complaint and a bad back, her sudden death has come as a shock.

“It was unexpected,” she said.

“She didn't have heart trouble.”

Her daughter said that Mrs McCoy never allowed her health issues to hold her back.

“She was up and out of her bed every day,” she said.

“She had an operation on her back two years ago and that helped her.

“That helped her because she was really bad before then.

“She never let that stop her.

“She always had energy for the grandweans and always had a smile on her face.”

The youngest from a family of 12, Ms McCoy was well known in the area as someone who was willing to off help others.

“She was always for helping anybody and everybody,” her daughter said.

“She would be caring and bubbly.

“She would say I am going to the shop for two minutes but she would come back two hours later - we hated going to the shop with her.”

The devastated daughter said her mother was always thoughtful.

“She remembered everything, family, whether they were dead or alive she never forgot birthdays or anniversaries,” she said.

He heartbroken daughter said the restrictions in place as a result of Covid-19 were difficult and explained how a local priest said Mass for her mother, which the family was able to follow via the internet.

“We had mammy here in the living room with us while we were watching it,” she said.

“He finished the Mass and then came up to us and said a couple of words and we took her down to the graveyard.”

The loving daughter said her family was comforted by the reaction of local people to her mother's death.

“Neighbours and friends lined the streets,” she said.

“I could not believe the support she had.

“We had thought nobody will be out or nobody will come and they all showed that support.

“From her house down to the chapel there was people lining the streets.”

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