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Young mother Meabh Feerick laid to rest


LOVING MOTHER Meabh Feerick (25) passed away after a brave battle with cancer.

Oisín McGovern

BALLINROBE mourned the loss of a brave, beautiful, defiant and courageous young woman when Meabh Feerick was laid to her eternal rest last week.
Less than a week shy of her 26th birthday, Meabh went up to the angels after a brave battle with a rare form of skin cancer.
While enjoying the prime of her youth in Australia with her son Noah, the young woman from Ballinrobe was given the terrible diagnosis of terminal cancer in December 2020.
With the help of her friends and relatives, Meabh returned home to Ballinrobe in June this year to spend her last days making memories with her friends and ‘the light of her life’ Noah.
In September of this year, a stark headline ran in The Western People in which Meabh declared: “I have shortened my life by returning to Ireland.”
Coming home to a health service reeling from Covid-19, a cyber-attack and a history of appalling mismanagement, Meabh simply would not stand for the way she was treated.
Despite her ailing health, Meabh gave several interviews outlining the critical flaws in the way vulnerable patients like her were being treated by the Irish health system.
Knowing that she was going to eventually succumb to her illness, Meabh wished that her speaking out would bring badly-needed reform to a systemically disorganised, under-staffed and chaotic service.
When asked in one interview what she would like Noah to remember of her, she said: “I just want him to remember that I fought as long and as hard as I could, and that I stood up to this system that’s slow and lacking in so many different places.
“I want him to remember all of the nice things we did, of course. But just for this purpose I want him to remember that I stood up to this system, and I spoke, and I wanted better treatment, and I wanted to fight as much as I could to be here with him,” she added.
“To think that I’m making a difference… makes me very proud. Maybe Noah won’t have to go through the same system. Maybe something will change.”
Last Monday evening, after spending her final days with friends and family in the tender care of Mayo Hospice, God finally called the woman remembered as ‘Queen Meabh’.
During her funeral ceremony in St Mary’s Church in Ballinrobe, Meabh was described as a ‘stunningly beautiful’ woman, who was ‘strong, powerful, focused…who would stop at nothing’.
“Everyone who met Meabh instantly loved her,” her sister Aisling said in a moving tribute.
“Meabh was blessed with very special friends. They understood her, loved her and supported her over the last 12 months.”
Recalling Meabh’s love of fashion and make-up, Aisling said that ‘her beauty shone through right to the end’.
“Meabh… our beautiful girleen, rest easy. There is no pain in heaven,” she poignantly concluded.
During the service, a reading from the second letter of St Paul to Timothy commenced with the lines: “As for me, I am already being poured out as a libation, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
Meabh Feerick did, indeed, fight the good fight.
Ar dheis Dé go a hanam dílis.