PHOTOS: People Gather To Remember Emma In The Square

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Ger O’Hanlon sings a song at the memorial.

A CROWD of over 150 people came to the Square on Wednesday evening to remember Emma Mhic Mhathuna who passed away on Sunday.

Friends Michelle Dempsey, Nicola Coffey and Miriam Moriarty Owens got together to organise the short memorial ceremony at a place where Emma spoke twice earlier this year and touched the lives of so many in the country.

Speaking to those assembled, Nicola Coffey said; “We never expected Emma to go so quickly and it’s brought the whole country to a standstill, but especially us here in Kerry and those of us who were lucky enough to spend time with that powerhouse of a woman. She was such a lifeforce and has made a huge difference and it’s made the women of Kerry all the more stronger for knowing her and having her in out lives.”

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There were 37 candles in a circle around the raised area in the Square, while some of the 37  red roses spelt out Emma’s name in front of a her photo and a painting of her by Eddie Flynn.

People attending also held 37 balloons to signify each year of Emma’s short life. Ger O’Hanlon from Cork sang three songs in her memory — ‘My Heart Will Go On’, ‘The Water Is Wide’ and ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’.

Nicola, Michelle and Miriam spoke emotionally about the effect Emma had on them and the women of Ireland and vowed she would never be forgotten. Scroll down for photos…

Some of those assembled for the memorial.


Miriam Moriarty Owens speaking to the crowd.

The photo of Emma and a painting of her by Eddie Flynn.


Nicola Coffey speaking at the ceremony.

One of the organisers, Michelle Dempsey.


People paying their respects in front of the photo of Emma.

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