Ireland 'I have never felt love like the love you gave me': Devastated fiance of Grace McDermott pens tribute to his 'hero' in emotional open letter

22:00  19 june  2017
22:00  19 june  2017 Source:   MSN

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The devastated fiance of tragic Grace McDermott has paid tribute to his " hero " in an emotional open letter to her. DCU lecturer and New York native Grace , 26, died in a house fire in Annacotty, Limerick on May 1. Her heartbroken partner Colin O'Neill penned an open letter on the Women Are

Irish News' I have never felt love like the love you gave me ': Devastated fiance of Grace McDermott pens tribute to his ' hero ' in emotional open letter . DCU lecturer and New York native Grace , 26, died in a house fire in Annacotty, Limerick on May 1.

Devastated fiance of Grace McDermott pens tribute to his 'hero' in emotional open letter © Irish Mirror Devastated fiance of Grace McDermott pens tribute to his 'hero' in emotional open letter

The devastated fiance of tragic Grace McDermott has paid tribute to his "hero" in an emotional open letter to her.

DCU lecturer and New York native Grace, 26,  died in a house fire in Annacotty, Limerick on May 1.

Her heartbroken partner Colin O'Neill penned an open letter on the Women Are Boring blog, which Grace co-founded, where he reminisced about when they met in Melbourne in 2012 - and the moment he asked her to marry him.

  'I have never felt love like the love you gave me': Devastated fiance of Grace McDermott pens tribute to his 'hero' in emotional open letter © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc

The Dubliner said: "Over the past few weeks your friends and family have told me how much you loved me.

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Irish News' I have never felt love like the love you gave me ': Devastated fiance of Grace McDermott pens tribute to his ' hero ' in emotional open letter . DCU lecturer and New York native Grace , 26, died in a house fire in Annacotty, Limerick on May 1.

Irish News' I have never felt love like the love you gave me ': Devastated fiance of Grace McDermott pens tribute to his ' hero ' in emotional open letter . DCU lecturer and New York native Grace , 26, died in a house fire in Annacotty, Limerick on May 1.

"I can’t tell you how nice that was to hear, but I already knew. You were so incredible at showing me.

"I have never felt love like the love you gave me. You told me all the time and I could even tell when you looked at me.

"You made me the happiest man in the world when you agreed to marry me, I’m sitting here picturing your face that day.

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"It was the best day of my life and I keep trying to replay it in my head.

"Though I know that this might sound arrogant, I believe what we had was truly unique."

He continued to speak candidly about his grief as he opened up about what might have been.

He added: "Each morning I wake up to the same ritual of horror. For a fleeting second my hazy mind forgets, then I remember that I have lost you all over again.

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Irish News' I have never felt love like the love you gave me ': Devastated fiance of Grace McDermott pens tribute to his ' hero ' in emotional open letter . DCU lecturer and New York native Grace , 26, died in a house fire in Annacotty, Limerick on May 1.

Irish News' I have never felt love like the love you gave me ': Devastated fiance of Grace McDermott pens tribute to his ' hero ' in emotional open letter . DCU lecturer and New York native Grace , 26, died in a house fire in Annacotty, Limerick on May 1.

"So perpetual, it feels almost routine at this point and the worst part of all is that I can’t see that feeling ever ending.

"I try to tell myself that if the world was meant to lose you on that date, how lucky was I that I got to spend the last five years of your life being loved by you. I go through all the usual emotions, daily.

"In my selfish hours, I feel hard done by, but I am still here.

"I know how wonderful your life was and I know how much you achieved, but you were taken too soon.

"You would have been a fierce and amazing mother and I know how much we both wanted that. It’s just unfair."

Colin told of his determination to honour Grace and live his life as she would have wanted.

He explained: "I will try to live my life in a way that would make Grace McDermott proud of me. I will keep my chin up and try to achieve anything I feel she would approve of.

"I know my life will never be the same but that is something I must live with and walk with (I can hear her screaming at me now ‘different doesn’t mean bad’) but I will have to disagree with her on that one.

"I suppose I just miss my best friend."

He ended the the emotional post by thanking the 26-year-old for everything she did for him.

He said: "I love you Grace. Thank you for being my number 1 fan, for teaching me how to be a better human and for choosing me to be your life partner.

"I just wish it lasted another 50 years."

  • You can read Colin's full blog post here

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