Kathy McConville Kucuk originally from Newry has passed away in Australia following a viral illness that had left her on life support in a Brisbane hospital.

Mrs McConville Kucuk died early yesterday evening, 3 December, Australian time, after contracting viral myocarditis earlier in November.

Kathy is survived by her loving husband and daughter and her family in both Ireland and Australia.

Sister in law Rachael Welch who announced the death on a GoFundMe page she set up for the family explained "Kathy was in her sixth surgery and she fought so hard to be here but it was just too long and too hard on her."

Kathy with daughter Zoe.
Kathy with daughter Zoe.

Ms Welch added "Our campaign has not ended nor has our goal. We are now focused on helping Kathy's husband and daughter move through this terrible period with less worry and stress. So if you care to share this campaign we would be so grateful.

"We are humbled and truly moved by all the donations, support and love that has been given and extended for Kathy and her family. We can never thank you enough."

You can contribute towards the fundraising at

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