THE husband of Limerick woman Yvonne Long, who was killed in a car crash in Poland along with her two year old daughter, has paid tribute to his ‘soul mate’.
Taking to his Facebook page after the horror car accident which took place at 3pm on Wednesday afternoon near Nowy Targ in Poland, Soren Buchtrup remembered “the two most important girls in my life, whom I cherish and love very very much”.
“I feel I have lost everything, but I still have the two most important boys in my life. I will keep cherishing and loving them forever together with the beautiful memories and love of Yvonne and Ella,” he said.
“Here is the two most important girls in my life, whom I cherish and love very very much. First my little girl Ella who is just starting her life. Always full of dancing, singing and laughter. Always ready to sing “Twinkle twinkle little star” when Noah starts to cry.
“Then my wonderful and loving wife Yvonne who always lightens up any room she enters and who touches anyone’s heart. Always telling me we are soul mates and that she loves me, even when I’m being difficult. So full of life and ideas always, and never too old to arrange and play funny games with anyone’s kids. My little big girl.”
Ms Long, who was originally from Curraghchase, was killed along with her daughter Ella, who would have been three in August, in the incident.
She was the youngest daughter of John Long, a well known figure in horse racing circles and his wife Angela, and a niece of Ronnie Long, a former head of the Irish Olympic council and athletics correspondent.
The Long family hail originally from Mungret.
The 30 year old was travelling to Krakow airport with her Danish husband and their two children when the tragedy occurred.
Mother and daughter both died on impact. It is understood that their car was parked when another vehicle ploughed into them at high speed and most of the impact was to the passenger side of the vehicle.
Mr Buchtrup who was driving, and the couple’s other child, a seventh month old baby boy Noah, were treated for injuries but survived the crash.
The family, who live in Bergen in Norway, had travelled to Slovakia for a friend’s wedding and were travelling to Krakow airport when the accident happened at around 3pm on Wednesday.
Yvonne married her Danish husband who works as North Sea helicopter pilot, four years ago in Ireland.
The 30-year-old worked as an interior designer and went to University in Edinburgh, after studying in Dun Laoighre and Villiers Secondary School in Limerick.
“Yvonne was a fantastic girl, beautiful looking and had a real sparkle. She was very bright and extremely artistic,” said a family friend.
“The family are shattered. Her poor mother is in an awful state. They were extremely close.”
The Department of Foreign Affairs has offered consular assistance to the family.