Funeral of 'brave battler' Abbey McGeough will take place today

Funeral of 'brave battler' Abbey McGeough will take place today
Abbey McGeough. Picture Dan Linehan.

Friends and neighbours are expected to line the streets of Blackpool later today as the funeral procession leaves the Church Of The Annunciation at 1pm.

Those who wish to pay their respects are asked to observe social distancing.

Abbey's funeral is a private service attended only by her immediate family only, however, the service will also be live-streamed for anyone who would like to watch.

Abbey, who suffered from spastic diplegia cerebral palsy, passed away on Saturday in the exceptional care of the doctors, nurses and staff of Cork University Hospital.

Following her passing Paramedic with the National Ambulance Service Ger O'Dea, who coordinated the Shine a Light for Abbey campaign, released a statement on behalf of the family.

"It is with a very heavy heart that I write this post on behalf of Abi's mom Leslianne, her grandparents Phil and Abina, aunts, uncles, family to bring the heartbreaking news that their wonderful princess has gotten her wings today and joined the angels in heaven.

"She lit up so many rooms with her smile and touched so many people with her journey so may she now rest in peace and shine her light on all those who will miss her dearly.

"Sincere thanks to all who lit it up for Abi and brought support and comfort to her family while she was in hospital."

The parish of Blarney, Whitechurch, Waterloo and Rathpeacon paid tribute to Abbey on their Facebook page.

"Our brave battler slipped away peacefully late this afternoon. Another angel in heaven."

The funeral procession will travel this route later today: Great William O'Brien St - Connolly St - Watercourse Rd - Thomas Davis St - Dublin Hill - Kinvara - Ballyhooly Rd - Summerhill North - Anglesea St and on to the Link Rd.

Abbey's funeral mass can be viewed here: https://mcnmedia.tv/camera/the-church-of-the-annunciation-blackpool

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