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Family tribute to Co Armagh woman (23) recovered from canal in Monaghan

Kelly Lynch Gilford

A Co Armagh woman recovered from the Ulster Canal in Monaghan on the morning of St Patrick’s Day has been named locally.

She was 23-year-old, Kelly Marie Lynch, from Gilford – formerly of Lisnaskea in Co Fermanagh.

Gardaí are continuing to investigate all the circumstances surrounding the tragic incident. A post mortem has been carried out which will determine the course of the Garda investigation.

Meanwhile, a GoFundMe has been set up by Ms Lynch’s aunt whose beloved niece’s passing “has left a void in our hearts that can never be filled”.

“Kelly was not just a daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece and cousin; she was a bright light in all of our lives,” the statement read.

“Her laughter, compassionate heart, and love touched everyone in her life. She had dreams and a future filled with endless possibilities, but tragically, those dreams have been cut short.

“As we navigate through the depths of grief, we are faced with the harsh reality of funeral expenses. In the midst of our sorrow, the financial burden weighs heavily on our shoulders. That’s why we are reaching out to you, our community, for support.

“Every contribution, no matter the size, will help us give Kelly the farewell she deserves. Together, we can ease the financial strain on her grieving family and allow them to focus on healing and remembering the beautiful soul that Kelly was.

“Let’s honour Kelly’s memory by coming together in solidarity and support. Your generosity will not only provide financial assistance but also serve as a testament to the impact Kelly had on all of our lives.

“Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your kindness, compassion, and support during this devastating time. With love and gratitude, The Lynch/Gilroy Family.”

A funeral notice described Ms Lynch as the beloved daughter of Seán and Julieanne, cherished sister of Kristopher, Matthew, Rory, Poppy and Finn and darling granddaughter of Maurice and Patsy Gilroy and Bernie Lynch. Predeceased by her grandfather Sam (R.I.P).

Reposing at her late residence on Wednesday until removal on Thursday to arrive to Swift & McCaffrey Funeral Home, Nutfield Road, Lisnaskea for 4pm until 7pm.

Funeral Mass on Friday morning at 10.30am in Holy Cross Church, Lisnaskea with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Family home private to family only at all times and Funeral Home private on Friday morning, please. Kelly’s Funeral Mass can be viewed online at

You can donate to the GoFundMe page here.

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