Eileen and Paul on their wedding day.
A BEREFT Twinbrook man was due to return home
this week with the body of his wife after she was tragically
killed in a traffic accident while they were holidaying in
Eileen McGurk (39) died when the vehicle in
which she was travelling with her husband Paul, a taxi driver,
was involved in a collision close to Austin last Thursday.
Mrs. McGurk's sister Jeanette McLaron said
the couple "just lived for one another".
"They loved travelling and had a holiday four
times a year," she continued.
"We have spoken to Paul and he is just numb.
I don't think it has sunk in yet. The first thing he remembers
is being in the helicopter."
Ms. McLaron said her sister had been the
youngest of six children who was 'always smiling and always
"She just lived day by day," she added. Mrs.
McGurk's brother Henry Savage said the entire family was 'at a
loss' until they received her remains home.
He explained his sister and her husband had
been married for 11 years.
"Eileen worked in the milk kitchen in the
Royal Victoria Hospital preparing babies' bottles. She had
worked there since she left school," he added.
Mr. McGurk's mother Bridie said her son, who
had pins inserted in his arm following the accident, had been
left 'devastated' by the death of his wife.
She explained he had made a very emotional
phone call to his family and continued: "Eileen was the best
daughter in law you could ask for. They lived for each other.
"I have spoken to him on the phone and he
"He rang last night to say they were trying
to get home. He won't come home without Eileen."
Mr. and Mrs. McGurk were travelling in a sports
utility vehicle along with Mr. Patrick McAteer from Rosnareen in
the Glen Road area and his girlfriend Sharon Sanders from Texas
when the collision occurred around two miles west of Bastrop.
Austin newspapers report a Cedar Creek
resident, Susan Moore, who was driving east on Texas 21 struck
the party's vehicle which was being driven west by Mr. McAteer
who is understood to have been seriously injured.
Ms. Sanders was reported to have suffered a
Press reports also stated everyone involved in the collision
was wearing a seat belt.