Emma Mhic Mhathúna’s funeral mass took place at Séipéal na Carraige, Baile na nGall yesterday. The family of the late mum honoured her following the service in the most emotional tribute.
Emma’s uncle John Moran delivered a moving speech outside the Kerry church. He spoke on behalf of Emma’s family to the media.
“The people of Ireland have really taken Emma into their hearts and all we want to say is thank you.”
“We loved her. We will miss her,” he continued.
“She was 37. She was the mother of five children. She did everything right.”
School friends of Emma Mhic Mhathúna's daughter gather round her after the funeral Mass. pic.twitter.com/w46TVBOUiq— Gráinne Ní Aodha (@GAodha) October 9, 2018
John stressed that Emma will forever be remembered in the most positive way. There’s no doubt the country will ever forget her witty sense of humour, her kind heart and passionate nature.
“As a family, we will remember her in the most fond, fond way,” he said.
He vowed to always look after Emma’s five children: “Our job from today is to make sure her five fantastic children are respected and grow to be lovely young adults.”
“The was a fantastic mother. She was a fantastic friend,” the grief-stricken uncle said.
“Today is a very sad day for us. Today is a day for celebration. We say goodbye to Emma and we say thank you to you,” he concluded.
The untimely passing of Emma has broken the hearts of the nation.
The mum is survived by her five children Natasha, Seamus, Mario, Oisin and Donnacha and her dad Peter.
Donations in lieu to Brother Kevin Crowley, Capuchin Day Centre, Bow Street, Dublin.
The family have asked the public to respect their privacy during this harrowing time.