first_imgTragic Kathryn Jones and her boyfriend Paddy Friel.This is the popular young Derry woman killed in a tragic car crash in Co Donegal yesterday.Kathryn Jones – described by friends as “simply beautiful” – died instantly when her black Opel Astra car was in collision with an articulated lorry in Drumkeen.The crash happened just before 7am on Friday morning on the N13 Letterkenny to Sligo Road at Trentabuoy, just minutes after the 27-year-old left her boyfriend Paddy Friel’s home in Ballybofey. Ms Jones, who lives in Derry, was staying over as she did regularly.The couple worked together at the United Healthcare Corporation in Letterkenny where staff have been left devastated by news of the death.Ms Jones had worked handling medical insurance claims at the centre since 2012.Her boyfriend is also a very well-known DJ on the club circuit and also works part-time with Highland Radio. The driver of the lorry which was in collision with Ms Jones’ car was not injured but was treated for shock after the terrible accident.It is not known how the accident happened and gardai are investigating whether Ms Jones may have clipped a verge, leading the car to hit the oncoming lorry.Head of the Donegal Traffic Corps Insp Michael Harrison urged anyone who witnessed the accident to get in contact.One witness praised a young off-duty nurse who tended to Ms Jones before the emergency services arrived on the scene.An ambulance took the casualty to Letterkenny General Hospital, approximately 10 miles away, but she was pronounced dead on arrival. Although not connected to yesterday’s crash, thousands of motorists have converged on Letterkenny and the surrounding towns this weekend for the staging of the Joule Donegal International Rally.Garda Insp Harrison appealed to drivers to slow down and not to take chances on the road.Friends of Kathryn have paid tribute to her.“She was simply beautiful,” wrote one on social media. Another said: “The best girl ever. Will miss you so much.”FRIENDS PAY TRIBUTE TO ‘BEAUTIFUL’ CRASH VICTIM KATHRYN was last modified: June 20th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:car crashDerrydonegalKathryn Joneslast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >On 20 August 2015, a group of 16 key product managers, team leaders and marketing managers from Australian wholesalers and Online Travel Agents (OTA) experienced the beauty of Vanuatu first-hand, as the destination shows it is open for business after the destruction caused by Cyclone Pam earlier this year.The itineraries were designed to showcase a large range of properties and activities available in Vanuatu by including the islands of Efate, Espiritu Santo and Tanna.Vanuatu Tourism Office’s (VTO) Australian representative Anne Morris said the trip was designed to ease the minds of those who sell Vanuatu to the Australian market.“The main aim of the trip was to instill confidence that Vanuatu has recovered from Cyclone Pam and that the group can continue to package, promote and sell with conviction and a renewed passion for the destination,” Ms Morris said.Nina Henderson, Destination Manager for Hoot Holidays said she was impressed with how Vanuatu has bounced back.“I experienced both the islands of Efate and Tanna and their quick recovery shows the true resilience of the nation. I was amazed on Tanna how little seemed to have changed since my visit two years ago. All over the country, hoteliers have chosen to see Cyclone Pam as a positive and have used the recovery time to rebuild or upgrade their properties,” Nina said.Therese Glover, Pinpoint Travel Group Product Specialist was a little more cautious with her expectations of Vanuatu. Therese said her clients had needed a bit of reassurance when considering Vanuatu but seeing it firsthand has given her the confidence to promote the destination.Sarah Beeken from Vanuatu Escapes said, “It is definitely business as usual for Vanuatu and you would never know a cyclone had wreaked so much damage just five months ago.Preceding the Australian group, wholesalers from New Zealand and New Caledonia also visited Vanuatu in an effort to build confidence in its key markets.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more