Ruth Maguire and her fiancé James Griffin
The grief-stricken fiancé of Ruth Maguire has paid tribute to his “soulmate” and thanked the people of Carlingford for their support following the tragic events in the village over St Patrick’s weekend.
James Griffin, who was due to get married to Ruth on August 8 of this year, took to Facebook last week to post a heartfelt tribute to his partner.
Ruth, aged 30, who was from Belfast, but lived in Co Down, triggered a massive search after she went missing from a hen party in Carlingford village last Saturday night (March 16).
Tragically Ruth’s body was recovered from Carlingford Lough on Monday afternoon. Her funeral will take place tomorrow (Saturday, March 23).
Ruth and her partner James have three children; Tyler, 10, Lydia, 7, and Oliver age 5. In a heartbreaking post on Facebook James paid tribute to his late partner: "She will be missed more than she will know from me and our three kids.
“She was my soulmate and on the 8th of August 2019 she would have been Mrs Griffin.
“I would like to say a big thank you to Kilkeel coastguards, the emergency services, Garda and the local people from Carlingford for everything they have done to find Ruth.
“I would also like to say thank you for all the kind messages I'm getting regarding Ruth’s passing.”
Ruth's devastated older sister Rachel Wilkinson also took to social media to pay tribute to her sister, describing her as “a beautiful person who had everything to live for.”