'A nation got to love Vicky as much as we did'

27/11/2022 21:20:00

A service celebrating the life of the late Vicky Phelan has heard that 'a nation of people got to love her' as much as her family loved her.

A service celebrating the life of Vicky Phelan has heard that 'a nation of people got to love her' as much as her family loved her. Family and friends of the late CervicalCheck campaigner gathered today for a special memorial in her honour | Read more:

A service celebrating the life of the late Vicky Phelan has heard that 'a nation of people got to love her' as much as her family loved her.

A service celebrating the life of Vicky Phelan has heard that"a nation of people got to love her" as much as her family loved her.Expand People gather for the memorial service at the Church of the Assumption, Mooncoin.Fintan O’Toole: Ireland should not need heroines like Vicky Phelan Ms Phelan was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2014, three years after a smear test she had was wrongly reported as clear.Gardai have put in place a traffic management plan ahead of a memorial service for the late cervical cancer awareness campaigner Vicky Phelan who died almost two weeks ago as hundreds are expected to descend on the Co Kilkenny village where she grew-up.

Family and friends of the late CervicalCheck campaigner gathered today for a special memorial service in the Church of the Assumption in her native Mooncoin in Co Kilkenny.Ms Phelan died at Milford Hospice in Limerick on Monday 14 November at the age of 48, after being diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2014.“Are you coming up to Vicky Kelly’s?” Vicky Phelan might have grown up to become – as her sister Lynsey proudly recalled – “a fearless warrior” and “the nation’s treasure”, a woman on a mission, always looking for answers and afraid of no one.She was laid to rest following a private funeral last week.The Phelan and Kelly families last week announced they have scheduled an opportunity for the public to say their goodbyes and celebrate her life in Mooncoin on Sunday at 1pm at the Church of the Assumption.Vicky Phelan's sister Lyndsey Kelly said today's celebration had been planned for months.The girl with an “insane laugh” and sharp intelligence, who became a woman unwilling to take no for an answer and, tragically, not enough time."Today was about celebrating what she loved.Her case prompted more than 220 other women to come forward over misreported smear test results and led to several reviews of the State’s cervical cancer screening programme, CervicalCheck and a damning report by Dr Gabriel Scally who said it was “doomed to fail”.

Her first love was her family, and music her second love.She died at Milford Hospice in Limerick two weeks ago at the age of 48, having been diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2014.“The shurch itself has a capacity of 300 (maximum).That's what she wanted," said Ms Kelly.She added that the family will continue to cry and laugh in Vicky's absence.There were also evocative musical performances by Bressie, The Stunning and Mount Sion choir, watched from the front pews by her husband Jim, children Amelia and Darragh and her parents John and Gaby."That's what we are going to try and do it Vicky's way.” gardaí said." Vicky was a private person, she said, but she also knew how loved she was.Charlie Bird and his wife Claire were among those who gathered for this final farewell to a woman remembered by her friend David Brennan as “the most inspirational person we have ever known.Gardai explained: “The Church itself has a capacity of 300 (maximum).

Ms Kelly said that Vicky's family are"extremely sad" and"heartbroken" at her loss, but said the support the family has received, from"near and far", was heartwarming and made it"that little bit easier".Her legacy is showing people"not to be afraid of anyone, because Vicky wasn't afraid of anyone".” READ MORE.” Gardaí said traffic approaching from the Dublin/Waterford direction will be diverted at Dawn Meats Grannagh toward parking areas in the factory grounds.She has taught people"to ask questions, to speak up", her sister added.The celebration of life memorial began with the Mount Sion Choir singing, followed by Ms Phelan's parents lighting seven candles in the church in memory of her.Cervical cancer survivor and founding member of the 221+ Lorraine Walsh was among those to pay tribute.Another park-and-ride facility will be at this location.” Gardai have set-out access to the event and are advising that traffic approaching from the Dublin/Waterford direction will be diverted at Dawn Meats Grannagh toward parking areas within the factory grounds.

"You were such a real and honest person.It resonated with so many people that even from afar, people fell in love with you," Ms Walsh added."It was my privilege and honour to share that work with you.The Kelly and Phelan families added in their announcement of the memorial celebration: “At this point it’s fair to say that music will feature prominently, with some of her favourite musicians playing a few of her favourite tunes on the day,” honouring Vicky’s deep love of music.A sincere and heartfelt thank you from mná na hÉireann." She added:"As another woman let down by the State, I want to say that without your strength, your determination, your stubbornness, not alone would we not have known the truth of what happened but we would still be subject to a very flawed CervicalCheck programme.The garda statement continues: “A park-and-ride facility will be in place from 11am to bring patrons from locations at Dawn Meats and Piltown GAA grounds to the Church of the Assumption and Mooncoin GAA complex.

" Vicky's friend and fellow CervicalCheck campaigner Stephen Teap, who lost his wife Irene to cervical cancer in 2017, said this was the second time in his life he had had to stand up in front of a crowd and talk about an amazing woman who left the world before her time.” Vicky is survived by her husband, Jim; her children Amelia and Daragh; her parents; and four siblings."Thank you Vicky, for sharing that wonderful sense of humour with us.Always with that smirk that lit up a room," Mr Teap added."Thank you Vicky, for just being you." Speaking on behalf of Vicky's husband Jim and two children, her friend John Wall thanked those gathered for sharing their time with them.Carpooling (is being advised) where possible.

He said:"Vicky had wanted an upbeat occasion where people could gather in a celebration of life and I can't begin to tell you how much this all means to the three of us."We're incredibly proud of Vicky, all that she achieved and the amazing person that she was.Through the toughest of times she shared incredible strength looking after us, looking out for us and ensuring we always did our best as a family." Vicky's children, nieces and nephews presented gifts that represented her life, including a family photograph, her 2008 Belfast marathon medal, a copy of her memoir 'Overcoming’ and a selection of jerseys – including Kilkenny, Munster and her son Darragh's soccer jersey."We remember Vicky's valuable advice to us all about how precious time is," her friend David said.” The Phelan and Kelly families added: “Music will feature prominently during the ceremony, along with a few words from family & friends.

"Vicky taught us the true value of time.The one thing we can never get back after it's gone," he added."For her time, we are forever grateful." David also referenced"the countless lives she has saved and continues to save".Vicky's brother Jonnie said that he was"in awe of her since he was young" and that her reputation"fills our family with immense pride".Donations in lieu if desired to Milford Hospice in Limerick who provided such wonderful care to Vicky over the last several weeks and beyond.

"The one thing I can take solace in and the one thing my family can take solace in, is that a nation of people got to witness the awe that I witnessed as a young lad.A nation of people got to love a girl as much as my family loved her."Time is something if Vicky had been given more of, the sky is the limit to what she would have achieved." He added that what Vicky did, she did for her two children.Speaking to them, he said:"Because of you, she fought like nobody fought before.

" Jonnie paid special tribute to Vicky's husband Jim, for"being by my sister's side through every last bit of this"."You’ve done it with such dedication and devotion," he said.Following prayers and readings, Vicky's favourite band The Stunning performed their song 'An Empty Feeling'.The poem 'And God Said' - which was posted on the wall at the Oklahoma City bombing site – was read after the Gospel.Singer Bressie performed his song 'Postcards', which he said Vicky had asked him to sing"when the time came".

Space in the church was limited to 300 people, but the celebration was also shown on big screens at the nearby GAA complex.Vicky Phelan had undergone a smear test in 2011 showing no abnormalities, before her cervical cancer diagnosis three years later.An internal CervicalCheck audit found the original smear check result to be wrong.In 2018, she settled a High Court action with Clinical Pathology labs US, without an admission of liability, for €2.5 million.

Her campaigning led to the Scally Independent investigation and 2018 report into the controversy.It also led to the establishment of the 221+ support group and a State apology..

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💕 💞 ♥️ LauraJHalton Do yea think this is insensitive towards trans women ..who don't have a cervix. They have the right to die from this terrible cancer

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