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FONDLY REMEMBERED The late Rachel McDarby.

Ballinrobe shocked by sudden passing of 31-year-old woman

Ciara Galvin

‘KIND, warm, and full of life’ is how the late Rachel McDarby will be remembered by all who knew her. The 31 year-old from Ballinrobe passed away on Tuesday last while on a skiing trip with her family. Her death comes just over two months after the passing of her mother, Mary.
Rachel was known for her amazing sense of humour, had a smile for everyone, and packed a tremendous amount into her short life. Working as a buyer with Aer Rianta, she was someone who never shied away from a challenge, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for Diabetes Ireland in 2016, and ran a marathon.
Independent in all aspects of her life, she is remembered by her friends as very driven, but was able to find a balance, effortlessly fitting everything in and making time for everyone.
Described as ‘an inspirational role model’ by her friends, those who were lucky enough to have had her in their lives say they have learned a lot from her.
Through a combination of charm, warmth and humour, Rachel could talk to anyone. A great story teller, many of those she was closest to fondly remember her chuckles of laughter while recounting tales of mishap or woe. 
A music lover, Rachel loved nothing more than attending gigs and festivals and had been to Glastonbury a number of times.
Like her late mother, Rachel loved hosting parties and entertaining, and pulled out all the stops with themed events and fancy dress parties, ensuring every last detail was taken care of. From hundreds of ‘post-it’ love hearts for Valentine’s Day in the ‘social hub’ of Dun Na Coiribe during her NUIG days, to making sure everyone was enjoying themselves at the annual St Stephen’s Day get-together at the family home, she was always the perfect host.
A lover of travel, Rachel went skiing each year, along with many more trips including family holidays to Florida.
A born organiser, getaways with friends ranged from the Aran Islands to Edinburgh, and as some friends recalled, a memorable failed trip to Amsterdam that turned into a weekend in Dublin.
Although she loved visiting far flung destinations, Ballinrobe was always home for Rachel, and she loved nothing more than reconnecting with school friends, spending time with her family, and relaxing with the family pug, Roo.
Rachel’s generosity and kindness have been cited by many as being some of her best qualities. If a friend was stranded in whatever corner of the country, Rachel would not give it a second thought but she would be on her way to save the day.
Her passing has brought a huge outpouring of grief from the community, her Lakelawns family and all those who knew her, and who are thinking of her family at this unimaginable difficult time.
She will be dearly missed, but never forgotten by her father Michael, brother Vincent, sisters Cathy and Fionna, nephew Cian, aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family, neighbours, friends and co-workers.