Fiadh loses brave battle against illness

By Dan Walsh

Easter will be a sad occasion of public heartbreak interspersed with tears, prayers and compassion, and bottomless grief at the news of the sad passing of Fiadh O’Connor, Kilbride, The Ballagh, that occurred peacefully at her home short of celebrating her 5th birthday.

Beautiful Fiadh, who had a public and media profile because of her terminal illness so bravely borne, surrendered her fight for life and died in her Mammy’s arms, holding her Daddy’s hand, surrounded by love.

Those who loved Fiadh described her as “an amazing, clever, kind, fun and most treasured and loved child who captured everyone’s heart.” R.I.P.


Fiadh will be forever loved and remembered by her parents Rory and Laura, her adored younger brother Páidí. Fiadh is predeceased by her beloved Grandad Jim and will be lovingly remembered by her Grandad Richard (Butch) O’Connor, nana Ger O’Connor, nana Mary Murphy, Great-Granny Peg Murphy, aunties Ciara, Sarah, Katie and Orlaigh Murphy and Ciara, Emma and Orla O’Connor and her uncles Eóin and Paul Murphy. Fiadh loved her cousins Séimí, Jay, “big” Conor, Sophie, Aoife, Fionn, “little” Conor, Ellie and Millie and they will always love her. She will be greatly missed by her Godfather James, Mikey, extended family, friends, teachers at Tara’s Montessori and all who supported her throughout her illness.

FAMILY ARRANGEMENTS; House for close family and friends from (today) 2pm on Thursday 6th April. Fiadh will be reposing in her home (Y21 N1K8) on Friday 7th April, 12-8pm – open to the public. Removal on Saturday morning to St. John the Baptist Church, The Ballagh, arriving for Funeral Service at 12 noon with burial afterwards.

House private on Saturday morning please.

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