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Aisling Butler – Hundreds Pay Tribute

dr-a-butlerA special memorial Mass will take place in Roscrea, Co.Tipperary at 8pm next Tuesday for Dr Aisling Butler. Dr Butler is one of three young medical doctors now feared dead after an Air France jet crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris with 228 people on board. Her grieving family, friends and colleagues will be joined by a deeply shocked local community at the ceremony .

Parish Priest Fr Tom Corbett said the thoughts of everyone were with the Butler family.

Aisling’s parents, John and Evelyn and her sister Lorna, have received hundreds of messages of support at their home over the last few days.

John Butler is a well-known businessman in Tipperary through his management of  Adare International Transport. A family solicitor stated the Butler family were still attempting to come to terms with this tragedy.

Staff at Aisling’s former school, the Ursuline Secondary School in Thurles, were said to be in shock when they heard of what happened.

The principal, Sr Berchmans Whelan, said all 135 students who completed their leaving certificate in the Tipperary school alongside Aisling in 2001 would be invited to a special Mass to commemorate her life.

A date for this school memorial Mass will be finalised as soon as the Leaving and Junior Certificate exams at the school draw to a close.

Trinity College, Dublin said it would will also hold a service for Aisling and her two comrades, all who graduated from the college after studying medicine. But college authorities said they were waiting until an appropriate time for the families before releasing further details.

Meanwhile the search for the Air France jet and its passengers continues roughly 400 miles (640 kilometers) northeast of the Fernando de Noronha islands off Brazil’s northern coast.

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