Updated: 19/10/16 : 05:57:19
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Tributes paid to Tubbercurry girl who died in Canada

Tributes have been paid to a young Irish woman who has died in Canada after a tragic fall at her home.    

Regina Hunt suffered a serious brain injury in the incident in Peterborough, Ontario, last week and died in hospital at the weekend.

Ms Hunt, a former IT Sligo student, emigrated to Canada from her home in Tubbercurry, south Sligo three years ago.

Friends had begun an online funding campaign for medical treatment after the incident, but Miss Hunt passed away on Sunday.

The fund of $55,757 will now be used to assist her return to Ireland for her funeral

"Heaven has gained a big angel tonight," said friend Bernie O'Shea.

"A true lady. Full of life and totally fun. I'm glad i had the pleasure to meet her and call her a friend. Thinking of her family. Give them the strength to get through this horrible time."

“Regina is a friend and co-worker who was always willing to help others and assist whenever needed,” said friend Anita Trombley on the fundraising page.

Family members including dad Sean and mum Christina have flown to Ontario to accompany Regina's remains home to Ireland.

Local people in Peterborough expressed shock at her death.

Volunteered

She had volunteered for charitable causes while in Canada, including raising money for cancer research.

Local Tubbercurry councillor Jerry Lundy said the community was devastated at the loss of Regina.

“It’s such a sad and tragic loss to her family and to the community here in Tubbercurry and south Sligo,” said Cllr Lundy.

“They’re a lovely family and wonderful family and it’s such sad, sad news for whole community.

“When word broke that she had the accident and was on life support south Sligo was praying and hoping that she would make a very speedy recovery.

Sligo musician Seamie O'Dowd said the dead woman was supportive and friendly.

"I always remember her as someone who always had time to chat, encourage and have a joke. She was a lovely person who will be deeply missed," he said.

Regina worked for a Ford dealership in Peterborough where colleagues have been left devastated by her death.

Funeral arrangements for Regina are expected to be known shortly.

A Department of Foreign Affairs spokesperson said it was aware of the death of an Irish citizen in Canada and the Embassy was providing consular assistance.