Family farewell to Vicky at Shannon cremation

The late Vicky Phelan

LIMERICK Freewoman Vicky Phelan, who exposed the CervicalCheck test scandal, was cremated at a private family ceremony yesterday (Thursday).

Family members said their final goodbyes to the 48-year old mother of two at the Shannon crematorium following her death in Milford Hospice last Monday.

The brave health campaigner had advocated for cervical cancer patients, as well as for others with terminal illnesses, to be allowed the option to be medically assisted to die with dignity.

Ms Phelan’s online obituary stated that she died “peacefully, at Milford Care Centre, in the presence of her loving family, after a long illness borne with great dignity.

“Vicky will be sadly missed by her loving family, husband Jim, daughter Amelia, son Darragh, her parents John and Gaby Kelly, her siblings Robbie, Lee, Jonnie and Lyndsey, parents-in-law Jim and Breda Phelan, nephews, nieces, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, other relatives, friends and neighbours.”

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The obituary stated that “in accordance with Vicky’s wishes, a private funeral has taken place” and her family requested that any donations would be made in lieu to Milford Care Centre.

The family requested that messages of sympathy be expressed through Cross’s Funeral Home, 2 Lower Gerald Griffin Street, Limerick.

Ms Phelan’s husband and their two children released a statement following her death last Monday in which they stated that the wider public would be given “an opportunity to pay their respects” at a later date.

Mairead Corrigan signing the Book of Condolence for Vicky Phelan at Limerick City Hall.