‘She lit up every room’ – Creeslough victim Jessica Gallagher, 24, was enjoying a celebratory dinner with her boyfriend before the tragedy, aunt reveals

Creeslough victim’s aunt Jessica Gallagher said her niece will be remembered as the “wonderful, happy, positive, creative and practical person that she was”.

Oles Gallagher said Jessica was one of the “brightest, happiest, most joyful young women you could ask for” and she “illuminated every room” she walked into.

The 24-year-old studied fashion in Paris and Shanghai and was due to start a new job in Belfast today.

Jessica was visiting her boyfriend’s apartment above the gas station when the explosion happened on Friday afternoon.

Jessica’s friend is understood to have been flown to St James’ Hospital Dublin for medical treatment after the blast and remains in critical condition.

Her aunt said Jessica and her boyfriend went to a celebratory dinner for their new job the night before the tragedy.

Dolores Gallagher said Jessica’s heartbroken family was “torn apart” by the loss.

“As a neighbor recently said, she didn’t have an off button. She was just happy and talkative. She was artistic and also extremely practical. She was everything you want in a young woman,” she told RTÉ Six-One Messages.

“It’s extremely difficult, as you can imagine; that’s them [Jessica’s family] quite devastated by her loss. They’re coming to terms with being together… and also with all the neighbors and friends around who have been so kind, so wonderful, and so supportive.”

Ms Gallagher said the support received by her family and the families of the other nine victims was “incredibly important” and that the pain was being felt by the “whole community”.

“She had just secured a job as a fashion designer in Belfast and was supposed to start today,” she said.

“So she had been partying with her boyfriend at the Glen bar and restaurant on Thursday night over red wine and oysters. She was due to move into her new accommodation on Saturday and start her job today, but the unfortunate events that happened in between prevented her from making any progress.

“She is greatly missed. She is a great loss not only to her family and community but I feel for life in Ireland. She had much to give, even so young that she had given much, and she had much more to give. And unfortunately it shouldn’t be possible.”

She added: “The wonderful, happy, positive, creative and practical person that she was. She was a young woman of beauty and grace and kindness and talent and that’s how she will be remembered.”

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/she-lit-up-every-room-creeslough-victim-jessica-gallagher-24-enjoyed-celebratory-dinner-with-boyfriend-evening-before-tragedy-aunt-reveals-42055692.html ‘She lit up every room’ – Creeslough victim Jessica Gallagher, 24, was enjoying a celebratory dinner with her boyfriend before the tragedy, aunt reveals

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