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Teacher's tribute to crash doctor

Eithne Walls
Eithne's former dance teacher said she had a "lovely spirit and super smile"

An Irish dancing teacher from Londonderry has paid tribute to a former pupil, who lost her life in the Air France plane crash.

Sharon McCaul-Kelly taught Eithne Walls and her brother Raymond who travelled up from Co Down to the McCaul Academy in Derry twice a week for six years.

Mrs McCaul-Kelly from the school said she was shocked when she first heard.

"I was devastated, I just couldn't believe it," she said.

"I was just upset for the family, they are so nice."

Eithne Walls, 28, from Ballygowan, worked as a doctor in the Dublin Eye and Ear Hospital.

She and two of her friends were amongst 228 people onboard the Air France airliner which disappeared over the Atlantic on Monday.

Mrs McCaul-Kelly said Eithne was an extremely dedicated pupil.

"They never missed any classes, in fact she used to do her homework in the back of the car to and from the dance classes."

Ms Walls had spent a year with Riverdance on Broadway, New York, before studying medicine at Trinity College, Dublin.

Her former dance teacher described Eithne as showing talent from a young age.

"She actually won the Derry Feis one year, it was the Easter feis so she was delighted," she said.

"It is a very prestigious award so it's great for any dancer to win that."

Mrs McCaul-Kelly said Eithne would be missed by everyone that knew her in the dancing community in Derry.

"She was a real people's person with a lovely spirit and a super smile."

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