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Cork, mum-of-two who died during the Climb with Charlie event, was ‘adored’ by her children who were hiking with her

A fundraiser has been launched to help the children of tragic mother Cora O’Grady – as details of the Mitchelstown native’s funeral have been released.

Cora died after falling ill in Galtymore on Saturday in the middle of a Climb with Charlie fundraising event.

The Irish Community Air Ambulance attended the scene. Paramedics fought to save her, but the mother-of-two was pronounced dead at the scene at 2 p.m.

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Now a fundraising page has been set up to help Cora’s two children, Luke and Lilly, who were climbing alongside her.

The page, created by two other Mitchelstown residents, reads: “Cora adored her two children and dedicated every waking hour to them. They were her life. All funds raised will help support Cora’s two wonderful children, Luke and Lilly.”

In less than 12 hours, more than €10,000 has already been collected.

You can donate to fundraising here.

Cora O’Grady

Cora’s funeral will take place later in the week.

Her obituary reads: “Resting at the Chapel of Rest, Baldwin Street, Mitchelstown on Wednesday (April 6) from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Cora’s funeral procession will leave the Chapel of Rest on Friday (April 8) and travel via Baldwin Street and Lower Cork Street, en route to the Church of Mary Designed Without Sin, Mitchelstown, for Requiem Mass at 12:00 p.m.. Interment afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

Tributes poured in to the “beautiful” and “sweet” woman online.

One reads, “I’ve watched you grow up next to us to be the beautiful, caring person you’ve become. My heart goes out to your beautiful children.”

A second said: “Her first greeting each time was her smile, followed by her sense of humor. I can only imagine what a wonderful mother and friend she was to Luke and Lily.”

While a third wrote: “Cora has always been a special, selfless, sweet and very funny person with an endearing sense of humor that made her one of the good people in life. It was a pleasure to holding her hand and sharing lots of laughs together when we were younger.”

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