Vicky Phelan’s friends and family will gather in her hometown of Kilkenny this Sunday for a special event that will mark her life.
s Phelan died last Monday, nearly four years after being told she had six months to live.
She was buried in a private funeral in Limerick, in accordance with the wishes of the late CervicalCheck activist.
The 48 year old is from Mooncoin, South Kilkenny and her friends and family have organized another celebration of her life which will take place at the Parish Church on Sunday.
In a message published on the Vicky’s Tribe Facebook page, they said the event will be held for all people who were unable to attend the first funeral service. The mass will take place at 1 p.m. in the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and will also be broadcast live.
The social media post, signed by the Phelan and Kelly families, describes how they said goodbye to Vicky at a “very moving and deeply personal reunion” last week.
“Stories were told and tears shed, but we also shared a smile or two as we recalled the remarkable life of our beautiful Vicky,” the post reads.
“We would also like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you for all the good wishes from near and far over the past week. We too have felt the nation’s love and are forever grateful.
“Vicky was a friend to many and wanted to make sure anyone who wanted had a chance to celebrate her life with us and pay her respects. With that in mind, we invite you to your home location of Mooncoin, Co. Kilkenny on Sunday 27th November at 1pm where we will do our best to accommodate this request.
“As numbers are limited at the church itself, a live stream will also be available on the day, with details to be released later in the week along with further updates on the event itself. At this point, it’s fair to say that music will play a prominent role, with some of their favorite musicians performing some of their favorite songs on the day,” she added.
Ms Phelan has been hailed as a fearless advocate for Irish women since her death.
Her court case against the HSE and a US lab uncovered the CervicalCheck scandal, which saw hundreds of Irish women receive false negative swab results. They were not immediately notified of case reviews that identified the missed opportunities for earlier diagnosis.
This eventually led to a series of reviews of the CervicalCheck cervical cancer screening program.
President Michael D. Higgins said Ms. Phelan faced her own illness with strength and dignity while making a tremendous contribution to Irish society.
“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 her sense of commitment to the common good and the rights of others to feel fought,” he said.
“Vicky has made a tremendous contribution to Irish society through all of this. Thanks to her tireless efforts, so many women’s lives have been and continue to be protected, despite the terrible personal toll she has had to bear.
“She will be sorely missed by all those who admired her courage and resilience, which was afforded not only to women but to all of us in Ireland.
https://www.independent.ie/news/celebration-of-vicky-phelans-life-to-take-place-on-sunday-42162165.html Vicky Phelan’s life will be celebrated on Sunday