Vicky Phelan was buried at a private funeral in Limerick, in accordance with the wishes of the late CervicalCheck activist.
The mother of two died on Monday “in the presence of her loving family, after a long illness that was borne with great dignity,” according to an obituary published today.
Her family have asked for “donations in lieu of flowers” for the Milford Care Center, where the 48-year-old died earlier this week after a public battle with cervical cancer.
Tributes and condolences continue to flow in for the activist, who received a false swab test result three years before her diagnosis.
She spent the rest of her life fighting for justice.
“The women of Ireland owe you a debt of gratitude for your courage and resilience over the past few years,” said a Dublin woman in a tribute to Ms Phelan on rip.ie.
“Our hearts are broken for your family. You will always have a special place in all of our hearts.”
“Our deepest sympathy goes out to Vicky’s husband, children and family,” wrote another mourner.
“Her strength and dignity throughout her struggle have been an inspiration to the women of Ireland and we owe her our eternal gratitude. Thanks Vicky, rest now.”
Hundreds of words of thanks and sympathy were sent to Ms Phelan, calling the Limerick woman an “inspiration” who is “Ireland’s true hero”.
“I am so sorry to hear about the loss of a beloved mother, wife, daughter, sister and friend,” says one.
Ms Phelan’s young family are among those mourning the loss of the activist, along with her parents, siblings, parents-in-law, nephews, nieces, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and other relatives, friends and neighbors.
Close friend Charlie Bird paid tribute to Ms Phelan when news of her death broke, saying his “hero is gone”.
“My heart broke just hearing about the death of Vicky Phelan. Over the past year, she has been a great support to me to continue fighting my terminal illness.
“The whole country should mourn this remarkable man. My heart is broken. My hero is gone.”
President Michael D. Higgins hailed Ms. Phelan’s “strong inner strength and dignity” and her contribution to Irish society in an official statement.
“It will be with the deepest sadness of people across Ireland and beyond to have heard of Vicky Phelan’s passing.
“All of us who have had the privilege of meeting Vicky will have been struck by the strong inner strength and dignity with which she not only faced her own illness, but also by the sense of commitment to the common good and rights others with whom she deals.
“Vicky has made a tremendous contribution to Irish society through all of this. Thanks to her tireless efforts, despite the terrible personal toll she has had to bear, the lives of so many women have been and continue to be protected.
“She will be sorely missed by all those who were struck by her courage, her resilience, which is offered not only to women but to all of us in Ireland.”
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/vicky-phelan-laid-to-rest-in-private-funeral-as-tributes-paid-to-hero-42155345.html Vicky Phelan buried at private funeral in tribute to ‘hero’