TRAGIC DEATH The late Amy Gill.
THE family of the young Mayo woman who died in an early morning road accident in Australia last Wednesday are awaiting developments to put in place arrangements for her funeral. It is understood that it may be towards the end of next week before the funeral will take place in Kiltimagh.
Amy Gill (23) from Coolaught, two miles from Kiltimagh, was a back seat passenger in a car with four occupants that was in collision with another car near the small town of Euston on the New South Wales/Victoria state border.
The girls were on the Murray Valley Highway on their way to work on a farm when the accident took place. Amy and another backseat passenger lost their lives. The front seat passenger, Catherine Langan from Bohola, and the driver were airlifted to a hospital in Melbourne in a serious condition. The driver of the other car, a woman in her 20s, was taken to Mildura Base Hospital with minor injuries.
Shock and sadness resonated around the Kiltimagh region when news came through of the tragedy on Wednesday afternoon. Amy was the youngest daughter of Ann (nee Groonell) and John Gill and had only been in Australia for three weeks.
She worked for the last two years at Swamp Ladies Fashion store in Castlebar where she was a hugely popular member of the staff. They had a big ‘Leaving Party’ for her just before Christmas.
Amy and her friend Catherine Langan, daughter of Margaret (nee O’Brien) and Paddy Langan, Bohola, stopped off for a week in Dubai on their way to Australia in early January to meet her cousin David Macken from Crossboyne who is currently working in that region.
After three weeks in Australia, they had secured work on a farm tending to the grape harvest and were on their way there when the accident took place.
The ‘Bring Amy Home’ GoFundMe page on Facebook set up by Amy’s cousins Tracey, Michelle and Laura Byrne (Cloonfaughna, Knock), Leanne and Lyndsey Gill (Coolaught) and Anita Macken (Crossboyne), last Friday, raised in excess of €40,000 in three days with more than 1,200 donations.
A statement issued yesterday (Monday) conveyed their grateful thanks to all who lend support at this very sad time for the family circle.
“It is with great relief that we can say we have raised enough money to get Amy home to Mayo. We, on behalf of Amy’s family, do not know where to begin in thanking everybody for their generous donations. We never imagined last Friday evening, on setting up this page, the tremendous support we have received over the past 48 hours.
“Thank you to everybody - friends, neighbours, family, people we do not even know - for helping us at this most difficult time. The unbelievable support and generosity from all of you has given Amy’s parents and sisters some comfort in knowing they will have Amy home as soon as possible now.
“We have decided to end this fundraiser tonight as we now have enough funds to cover all costs in Melbourne for Amy’s repatriation. All donations will be transferred into The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust, where these wonderful people will help us get our dear Amy home where she belongs.
“We will never be able to thank each of you individually, but from us - Leanne, Lyndsey, Laura, Anita, Michelle and Tracey – Thank you all so very much. xxx.”
The Byrne sisters, Tracey and Michelle, who are currently working in Australia, have been of immense help to the Gill family in co-ordinating matters on the Australian side over the last few days.
The condition of the injured Bohola girl, Catherine Langan, was described as ‘stable’ yesterday and it is expected she will make a good recovery.
Amy is survived by her parents John and Ann, sisters Emma and Megan, the family circle, neighbours and many friends.