The beautiful blue skies and animated birdsong seemed at odds with the grief expressed at the untimely death of cancer care advocate Tracey Brennan.
Yet the beautiful pastoral scenes were also entirely in keeping with the radiance of the deceased’s personality as she was laid to rest on Monday afternoon in Ballinderry Cemetery. There were poignant and emotional scenes in St. Patrick’s Church, Cloverhill during an emotional Funeral service. The brave campaigner, a nurse at Roscommon University Hospital, was laid to rest following concelebrated Funeral Mass on Monday.
Public representatives, fellow campaigners, family, and friends gathered to celebrate the life of the 33-year-old mother of one, whose death took place last Friday following a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Originally from Cloverhill, Tracey Brennan had been battling stage four cancer and passed away at Galway University Hospital last Friday. She had been diagnosed with stage 2 cervical cancer in 2017 following a smear test. She campaigned alongside Vicky Phelan from Limerick and Aine Morgan from Galway for the Pembrolizumab drug to be made available to all cervical cancer patients. She had campaigned tirelessly for access to the drug.
As part of their campaigning efforts, the group met with representatives from the Health Services Executive (HSE) and the Department of Health last Christmas before receiving news earlier this year that the drug was to be made available.
Nursing colleagues from Roscommon University Hospital provided a guard of honour as the Funeral cortege made its way to the Church for Funeral Mass, which was concelebrated by Fr. Raymond Browne, Parish Priest of Ms. Brennan’s adopted home of Fourmilehouse, Fr. Jerry Lannigan from Donamon and Deacon Sean Talbot.