Model loses longstanding battle with cancer

by Rachel Cunningham
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A model and former Dublin Wives star died from terminal cancer at the age of 51 on February 1 in St Vincent’s Hospital, after battling the illness since 2018.

At her funeral at the Church of St. John the Evangelist in Ballinteer, Lisa Murphy’s brother Noel said doctors had told her family that Lisa had just months to live, last February.

However, the family did not relate this prognosis with Lisa, in accordance with her wishes.

“Something she herself didn’t want to know and we respected this wish right until the end,” he said.

“But in true Lisa style she fought heroically, well surpassing this timeline, returning to her own apartment and her beloved happy place.

“Power walking around Marlay Park counting our steps and living life to the fullest she could, right up until a couple of weeks ago.”

Noel paid tribute to the staff at St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin, who cared for Lisa and to his sister Kira, for being by Lisa’s side during her cancer battle.

Lisa’s coffin was carried into the church to the Mary Black song, Only A Woman’s Heart.

Among the mourners were Lisa’s former fiancés, Michael Flatley and Gerald Kean.

In his eulogy, Father Paul Callan said Lisa brought a smile to everyone’s face.

The funeral mass was followed by Lisa’s burial in Mount Venus Cemetery.

PHOTOS – BRIAN MCEVOY

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