A woman died in a tragic accident on Achill Island on New Year’s Eve.

The woman’s name has not been officially released, however, it’s understood that she was originally from Germany and had been living in the local community for a number of  years.

Gardaí and local Emergency Services were alerted shortly before noon on Saturday last, New Year’s Eve, after a car was discovered submerged in the water at Purteen Pier, near Keel in Achill.

The body of a woman in her 70s was removed from the water a short time later.

She was taken to University Hospital Mayo where a post-mortem was conducted.

Gardaí are treating the incident as a tragic accident and a file will be prepared for the Coroner.


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