Flight MH17: Irish-born Perth woman killed in downed jet

Edel Mahady

The family of Edel Mahady, a registrar at Good Shepherd Catholic School at Kelmscott, Perth, have released a statement about their 'tiger mother.' Mrs Mahady was returning after visiting her mother in Ireland, reports Perth Now.

'Edel Mahady took care of people. She was devoted to and immeasurably proud of her husband Dereck, son Conor and daughter Ciara,' the statement said. 'If there was an Irish version of a ‘tiger mother’ Edel was it. Edel’s fierce love of her family was evident in her support of her siblings through constant communication and regular visits to care for her elderly mother.

After immigrating to Australia as a newlywed, Edel gathered a group of friends and came to regard them as her Australian family. Edel’s enthusiasm for living life was evident in the fact she held two jobs (she also worked as a fitness instructor) that had a great impact on two communities.

For 14 years she was the Bursar/Office Manager at Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School while working as a fitness instructor at Fitness First in Cannington and Myaree.

'Edel’s personality and quality of her work positively affected generations of teachers and children in the Kelmscott area,' the statement added.

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Flight MH17: Irish-born Perth woman Edel Mahady killed in crash (Perth Now)

This is the face of Irishwoman Edel Mahady who was killed on horror Malaysia Airlines flight (Irish Mirror)

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