Meningitis victim Gráinne laid to rest

Meningitis victim Gráinne laid to rest
UCC student Grainne O'Donnell who died from Meningitis on Feb 16, 2017.

A UCC student who died suddenly from meningitis last week has been laid to rest.

Third year arts student Gráinne O’Donnell was buried yesterday in her hometown of Cahir, Co Tipperary, surrounded by grieving friends and family members.

The 20-year-old had unknowingly contracted the deadly meningitis virus just over a week ago. After reporting that she felt unwell – she had a headache and a rash - Gráinne was taken to Cork University Hospital.

After she was admitted, however, Gráinne’s condition rapidly deteriorated. She passed away on Thursday.

Since news of her death emerged, hundreds have taken to social media to grief the young woman, including those behind UCC’s Hope Foundation Society, of which Gráinne was a member.

President of UCC Students’ Union, Eolann Sheehan, said Gráinne’s death was “a huge shock” to the campus and said his thoughts were with the family.

He said the SU has emailed all students about the meningitis virus, and that it would be rolling out a campaign on Monday to ramp up awareness of the disease and of what symptoms to look out for.

Meningitis symptoms include fever, vomiting, severe headache, aches and pains, and rash. It can often be confused with flu, as it has similar symptoms.

If anyone would like any further information on meningitis, contact 01 819 6931, freephone 1800 41 33 44, or visit

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