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IrelandTributes paid to Irish nurse who died during trail race in Australia

13:51  11 september  2019
13:51  11 september  2019 Source:   extra.ie

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Tributes have been paid to an Irish nurse who died during a trail race in Australia.

Loretto hails from Querrin, Kilkee in Co Clare.

She was competing in a 21km trail run at the Townsville Triathlon and Multi-sport Festival on August 25.

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During the trail, she collapsed and died from a suspected heart attack.

Loretto, 50, had been training to return home to Ireland to compete in this year’s KBC Dublin City Marathon at the end of next month.

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God-son of Loretto’s late mother Maura Harvey and local Fine Gael councillor Gabriel Keating remembered the nun.

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He said: ‘Loretto was planning to return to Ireland to attend a niece’s wedding and also participate in the Dublin City Marathon in October. She loved running.

‘Loretto was such a great person and was always giving so much to others in her profession as a paramedic with the Flying Doctors in Townsville, Queensland. It is a very sad homecoming.’

Loretto worked as a Flight Nurse with the Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS) for the past 10 years. She is survived by her partner Martin, brothers Pat and Kieran, and sisters Ita, Olive and Áine and extended family.

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Members of the Harvey family travelled to Townsville to bring her remains home.

A Funeral Mass will be held for Loretto at Doonaha Church followed by a burial of ashes at Kilcrona Cemetery, Carrigaholt.

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