An Irish bride lost her fight for life on Tuesday less than a week after her wedding. She had fallen from a bridge three days after being married.
Caroline Cahalin, (40), from Donegal suffered fatal head and back injuries when she fell backwards from a bridge in Carndonagh, Co Donegal, at around 3 a.m. on Sunday last.
Last Thursday her 40th birthday she had married partner Tony Cahalin at the Guildhall in Derry and was celebrating with friends at a nightclub when the tragedy happened.
She had left the nightclub and was sitting on the bridge over a stream close by the nightclub when she lost her balance and fell over.
She was was rushed to nearby Letterkenny General Hospital but despite best efforts to save her she was pronounced dead on Tuesday morning as her new husband held her hand.
Yesterday her uncle Sean Farren, described the devastation of the family.
"It is a terrible tragedy to lose a daughter. Caroline was a lovely, bubbly, happy-go-lucky girl. It is worse than your worst nightmare come true," he said.
A police source said the death was still being investigated.
"We are establishing all the circumstances surrounding the accident and will be looking at the results of the post-mortem examination to determine the exact cause of death," he said.
The dead woman's parents, Danny and Patricia Farren, had moved back to live in their native Donegal from Scotland several years ago.
Local politician Charlie McConalogue told the Irish Independent the whole community was in shock following the tragedy, which happened just three weeks after an horrific road collision in the same area which killed eight young men
"People just cannot believe this has happened -- right in the middle of the town."
"It is just one of those freak accidents and our thoughts and prayers are with Caroline's family and friends.” he said.