« BackWidespread shock as fire claims life of well-known Ballyferriter woman

A woman in her 80s, who lost her life following a house fire in Ballyferriter last night, has been named locally as Bridie Kavanagh.

A fire broke out at her home in Gorta Dubh, west of Dingle, shortly after 9pm.

Two units of Dingle Fire Brigade attended the scene at 9.05pm followed by two units of Tralee Fire Brigade and the emergency services.

The blaze was brought under control by 10.30pm and emergency services remained at the scene until approximately 2am. The scene has been preserved for technical examination.

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Originally from Waterford, Bridie ‘Ger’ Uí Chíobháin as she was also known, was the wife of the late Ger Ó Cíobháin, the author of Cogarnach ar ár gCósta who came to national prominence when he rowed around the entire coast of Ireland in a naomhóg.

Parish Priest of Paróiste an Fheirteáraigh an tAthair Eoghan Ó Cadhla said the community was deeply shocked and saddened by the tragedy: