The funeral Mass of Emma Mhic Mhathúna has just ended in West Kerry.
The 37-year-old mother of five, who was one of 221 women with cervical cancer who were given incorrect smear results, passed away on Sunday.
A second funeral Mass will take place tomorrow in St Mary’s Pro Cathedral in Dublin; she’ll then be buried alongside her mother Annette in Maynooth, Co Kildare.
An inspiration to all who knew her; that’s how tAthair Eoghan Ó Cadhla described Emma Mhic Mhathúna, as over 350 people gathered in Séipéal na Carraige this afternoon to pay their final respects to the mother-of-five who lost her battle with cervical cancer on Sunday.
The parish priest said Emma showed huge strength throughout her battle, and she fought for justice and fought to provide for her children.
He said her faith was evident throughout, especially when faced with the knowledge she wouldn’t get to see her children grow up and live their lives.
The Book of Condolence in the small church in West Kerry was signed from people all over the country, showing the high esteem in which Emma was held.
Among the gifts offered during the mass were an An Ghaeltacht Jersey, a fushia and a picture of her family, which was taken by beach this summer.
tAthair Eoghan Ó Cadhla also spoke of her love for the community, music and local culture.
Emma Mhic Mhathúna is survived by her five children and father, Peter, all of whom were present in Séipéal na Carraige in Baile na nGall.
Her remains will now be taken to Dublin, where funeral mass will be held tomorrow morning, before being buried beside her mother Annette in Maynooth, Kildare.