The people of Edendery have come out in large numbers to sign the book of condolences for the cervical cancer victim Emma Mhic Mhathúna who died last Sunday.
A resident of the town for several years, the 37 year old mother of five was a popular figure in the community, according to the Cllr Noel Cribbin
“She was a lovely lady. Very witty and funny. She was also very determined and very generous and always wanted to the do the right thing.
“She had great friends in Edenderry. When she lived here she out to Lourdes with the Lourdes fund. A lot of her friends went down to visit her over the last few weeks.
“She will be sadly missed and to go so young and leave five young kids. Her funeral is after showing the power and personality of the lady. What she has achieved over the last year she didn't do for herself but for the women who are coming on behind her. May she rest in peace.”
Ms Mhic Mhathúna came to national prominence when the CervicalCheck scandal broke earlier this year. She was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2016 after a US laboratory misread two tests in 2010 and 2013. She was awarded a €7.5m settlement earlier this year.
In a statement released after her death her family said she was "a wonderful mother, daughter and cherished friend."
“Emma’s unending and unwavering commitment to her children means that her abiding legacy will be that of a great mother. However, Emma will also be remembered as someone who fought for social justice in an exceptionally selfless way during times of great personal challenge.”
The book of condolences in Edenderry Town Hall can be signed until next Friday October 19.