Creagh Road, Ballinrobe, Co Mayo
The death occurred of Meabh Feerick on November 29, 2021. Meabh passed away peacefully at Mayo Hospice surrounded by her loving family.
Meabh Feerick lived her life as she died, with grace, determination and oceans of enthusiasm. Taken way too soon, Meabh however filled her nearly 26 years with as much as she could fit in.
Educated, travelled and with the joy of becoming a mother, she let nothing hold her back.
Born on December 6, 1995, to Michele and Emmet, she was one of five siblings, Aoife, Aisling, Darragh and Caoimhin. She attended St Joseph’s NS and Ballinrobe Community School where she endeared herself to all her teachers and her many friends from all over Mayo and Galway. It was at this stage that her love of fashion and beauty took hold.
Meabh moved to Galway after finishing her Leaving Cert where she honed her hairdressing talents before moving into beauty therapy. Her social skills were put to good use during this time as she loved her work in a Galway based nightclub while also working part-time in Ballinrobe’s The Hilltop Bar, where meeting her friends was an added bonus.
Moving back to her hometown, Meabh took up a job in Siobhan Costello hair design on New Street. She thrived at the job and was always the first port of call when relations, friends or those in need had an important date or event to attend and knew Meabh was top class when it came to make-up artistry.
In early 2016, Meabh decided to spread her wings and travelled to Australia to join some friends, along with her sister Aisling, who were enjoying their life in Sydney. She quickly settled in to Aussie life and over the next few years worked in traffic control and hospitality, making friends wherever she went while also seeing some of the vast country. Wild, outspoken and fiesty, Meabh loved a good party where she was always the centre of attention.
In February 2018, Meabh and her partner, Patrick, welcomed their beautiful son, Noah, who was the apple of his parent’s eye. He was a joy to all who met him and was loved as much by their Irish friends as their Australian ones. Meabh continued to enjoy the life she had set up for herself in Sydney, that is until she noticed a worrying lump on her scalp. In December 2020 she received the devastating diagnosis that she had an advanced and aggressive form of skin cancer. Surgeries, treatments and numerous hospital stays ensued, but unfortunately the long term prognosis was poor. Within months, Meabh was informed that her cancer was terminal and plans should be made to return home to spend whatever time she had left with her family and friends as well as her precious Noah.
On June 11 last Meabh and Noah waved a tearful good bye to her phenomenal friends and her sister Aisling and uncle Kevin in Sydney, who had loved and cared for both of them over the previous months.
Under the care of the medical profession in Ireland, Meabh faced many challenges over the following six months. Despite her terminal diagnosis and clear in the knowledge that she had just a short time to live, Meabh dedicated her time to highlighting the inadequacies of our health system for the betterment of future generations. In this regard, Meabh made headlines in local and national newspapers, tv and radio stations. This was also done to ensure Noah knew she had done her best to advocate for change.
During her final few months, Meabh lived life on her terms. She created and made memories with Noah, her family and precious friends. The week before she passed, Meabh put all her focus on planning her 26th birthday party. Sadly this wasn’t to be, but the occasion was still marked with a small gathering of her family and friends at home. Her sister Aisling said Meabh would have loved to see so many people present for her last hurrah as she loved a good party and being the centre of attention. “Everyone who met Meabh instantly loved her. She made friends wherever she went, whether it was Art O’Neills, Sydney, Australia or even Mayo hospital. She had a presence you never wanted to be away from.”
She said with a wry smile that her stunningly beautiful sister was the Kardashian of Creagh Road. She concluded: “Rest easy beautiful girl, for there is no pain in Heaven.”
Meabh will be forever remembered by her loving and heartbroken family, Michele and Emmet, their partners Kevin and Karen, her siblings Aoife, Aisling, Darragh and Caoimhin, her son Noah and his father Pat, her grandparents Anne and Maureen, uncles, aunties, cousins, relatives, neighbours and her large circle of friends.