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Community mourns storm victim

Mairead Shields
Mairead Shields was killed when a tree fell on her car

A woman has been killed in County Down after a tree blown down by strong winds struck her car.

She was Mairead Shields, 35, a mother-of-two from Raholp, near Downpatrick.

The incident happened on Strangford Road in Downpatrick at 1600 GMT on Saturday as storms caused travel chaos and left 40,000 homes without power.

Canon Sean Rogan knew the victim and her family. He said the "whole community was desperately affected by the tragedy".

"The family is so respected and so much loved here," said Canon Rogan.

"It touches the emotions. It becomes all the more poignant when we see a young husband and two young girls now bereft of a very much loved and loving mother."

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