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For Savita: never again

The circumstances of the death of 31-year-old Savita Halappanaver shook the country, and horrified the world recently. Some recently uncovered footage immortalises her. The Daily Shift’s Jessica Thompson has more…

For Savita

Savita in Galway. Shot by Christopher Tierney. http://www.chrisdidthis.com

The death of Savita has horrified and angered the world.

Last week her beautiful face was all over the cover of every Irish newspaper, and many other papers around the world. In all the photos she is smiling, showing her to be so full of life and happiness.

Recently, however, a Galway photographer and videographer, Christopher Tierney found something more than photographs in his archives.

“It came to me early in the week. I realised where I saw the face before a thousand times,” he said.

The video in question was from St. Patrick’s Day in Galway 2011, and shows Savita dancing, smiling and enjoying herself; blissfully unaware of her fate.

No matter how many photos I have seen of Savita, nothing could prepare me for the shock I felt when I saw here here, so full of life and happiness.

The video also features footage from the vigil that took place in Savita’s honour on Saturday 17 November.

For Savita – Never Again from Christopher Tierney on Vimeo.

Lead image and video courtesy of Christopher Tierney.


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About Jessica Thompson

Jessica has loved writing since she was a child. At the age of 11 she started writing a novel, which she completed a few years later. She hopes to redraft this novel now that she's an adult, and perhaps see it on the shelves in all major bookstores. She is also a journalist and has written for various newspapers and websites. Her main interests are health and beauty and as her mother is a nutritionist, Jessica grew up living a healthy lifestyle. Her various blogs reflect her various interests. Jessica is also a pianist, tea enthusiast and enjoys photography, cycling, spending time with her boyfriend and talking about herself in the third person.

One comment on “For Savita: never again

  1. Reblogged this on All About The Exposure and commented:

    Shortly after the death of Savita, a Galway videographer released this video footage from St. Patrick’s Day 2011, which features Savita, happy and full of life.

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