Vigil In Memory Of Emma Mhic Mhathúna To Take Place In The Square

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Emma Mhic Mhathúna pictured in the Square in Tralee earlier this year.

A SPECIAL vigil will be held this Wednesday in the Square in memory of Emma Mhic Mhathúna who passed away yesterday.

The vigil to remember the brave 37 year old mother of five will take place at 6.30pm and is being organised by Michelle Dempsey.

In a facebook post, Michelle said; “We plan on releasing 37 biodegradable red balloons in her memory, a colour that was associated with Emma in past vigils. I know we all have busy lives and work and families but imagine how great it would be if we could forget everything for a short while and give this beautiful, brave, courageous woman our time, respect and our thanks for fighting a very hard fight for all women. It could have been any of us ladies…that’s the reality. Let’s not leave her fight and consequent death go without a fitting tribute to her and the beautiful family she had to leave all too.”

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Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris has offered his condolences to the family of Emma Mhic Mhathúna. Speaking yesterday Deputy Ferris said; “It was with great sadness that I learned the news of Emma’s passing. I want to offer my deepest sympathies to her relatives and friends and especially to her children, Natasha, Seamus, Mario, Oisin and Donnacha whom she adored. I want to recognise the contribution that Emma made to public discourse surrounding our health services and especially Cervical Check Screening. Emma knew there was no hope for herself but she continued to fight for proper health services for those she leaves behind, I hope her legacy will be of a proper screening service for all women.”

Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Norma Foley, also expressed sadness; “It was with profound sadness that I learned of the passing of Emma Mhic Mhathúna. Emma was an inspirational figure who faced adversity with courage and determination.

‘Emma will be remembered with affection and admiration. I express my sincere sympathies to her family and friends and the community in west Kerry which was such a support to her during her illness. May she rest in peace.”

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