SEVERAL people from Cork's Deaf Community have expressed heartfelt tributes to Maeve Murphy after she tragically lost her life in a collision involving a truck on Smith Street in Cork city centre on Monday afternoon.
Ms Murphy, aged in her 50s, from the northside of the city, was knocked down shortly before 4pm on the narrow street which connects Oliver Plunkett Street to South Mall.
A spokesperson for Cork's Deaf Community highlighted the loss the community has sustained.
"The Cork Deaf Community is deeply shocked at the unexpected death of Maeve Murphy.
"She was well known in the community for her great sense of humour.
"Everyone remembers her as a lovely lady who was always laughing," he said.
Ms Murphy attended the Deaf school at South Presentation, now the site of Nano Nagle Place, for a few years at primary level.
"At the time there was a strict policy banning sign language and although the children were very young, they succeeded in communicating effectively with each other through gestures and lipreading," the spokesperson explained.
"In her early 20s, Maeve reconnected with her classmates from the South Pres.
"Through their encouragement, she learned to sign and started to socialise more with deaf people.
"Maeve was a brilliant communicator: fluent in Irish Sign Language, but also well able to communicate with hearing people.
"She occupied both deaf and hearing worlds comfortably and treated everyone with the same pleasant manner," he continued.
After secondary school, Ms Murphy went on to further her education at the College of Commerce, before getting a job at Maynes Chemist.
She worked there for many years until the owner retired and the business closed.
Thereafter she worked on The Mall newsagents on South Mall.
A close friend of Ms Murphy's from the Deaf community, Anne Heelan highlighted Ms Murphy's universal appeal and her willingness to help.
"Maeve was great to help you out.
"She supported me in many different situations, and always had good advice," she said.
"It feels like I have lost a sister," Ms Heelan continued.
Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information, particularly any road users who may have dashcam footage of the area from the time of the collision, to contact Gardaí at Anglesea Street on 021 452 2000 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.