Three Irish dead in Air France disaster
Three Irish victims named as Irish doctors on vacation
The three Irish people who are feared dead in the Air France disaster have been named.
The three Irish women, all doctors in their mid-20s, have been named as Aisling Butler, of Roscrea, County Tipperary, Jane Deasy of Dublin and Eithne Walls, from Belfast.
The trio, who graduated from medical school at Trinity College Dublin two years ago, were on their way home after a vacation in Brazil.
Another Irish person's name was on the flight list, but sources said he did not actually board the aircraft.
Meanwhile, Aer Lingus has confirmed that two of its employees were aboard the Air France flight. The nationality of the passengers has not been confirmed, but they are believed to have been based in Dublin.
The PA reported last night that Dr. Butler’s father, John believed his daughter,who only celebrated her 26th birthday two weeks ago was dead. “We know Aisling is gone, we are sure of that,” he said. “It is just about trying to live now, I have to live for my wife and my only other daughter...”
Dr. Butler was doing an internship in Tallaght Hospital, Dublin, and was supposed to move to St James’ Hospital in Dublin next month.
“She was a truly wonderful, exciting girl. I just can’t describe how we feel,” he said.
Dr. Walls was a dancer with Riverdance and performed with the troupe on Broadway before beginning her studies at TCD. She continued to dance with Riverdance’s “flying squad” and had performed in China, Qatar, Germany, France and Ireland.
Dr. Walls' family released a statement Tuesday describing their loss and the immense happiness that Eithne had brought to their lives.
“It is with the heaviest and saddest of hearts that the Walls family confirm the loss of their dearest daughter and sister, Eithne,” said the family in the statement.
“Eithne was an extraordinary person who brought light to the lives of everyone she touched. She was beautiful in every way, especially of spirit. She had a passion for life that permeated, enlivened and enriched those around her," they added in the statement.
Ireland's President McAleese said her “thoughts and prayers” were “with the Irish families and the families of everyone on board at this very difficult time”.
The Irish women had traveled as a group with a fourth woman, a British national from Wales.
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