May memorial for Brave Ann

by Rose Barrett
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Rose Barrett

The communities of Portrane, Santry and Coolock were saddened last week to learn of the death of Ann Brophy (née Kearns).

Ms Brophy (nee Kearns), was a former participant on RTÉ’s special edition of Operation Operation Transformation: Keeping Well Together, during the early stages of the pandemic in 2020.

Following her death on April 15 last, family revealed that Ann who fought bravely against cancer after a diagnosis later in 2020, had left her organs to science, a final gesture typical of the woman’s good nature.

The late Ms Brophy discovered a lump under her arm, later diagnosed as breast cancer, but with a good prognosis. Following surgeries and treatment, the former OT participant was reputedly doing well, but contracted Covid with the aftermath of Covid pneumonia.

She also participated in a video about St Francis Hospice in which she spoke fondly of the staff and their compassionate care, urging viewers to remember that the hospice is not to be feared but rather thought of as a sanctuary, where each resident will be loved and cared for during the final term of their life. It wasn’t quite “The Grim Reaper” she said, extolling her quirky sense of humour.

She was close to her siblings, especially her brother Ian (who often brought the beautiful canine Bella), and members of the extended family, who were by her side when she passed at Care Choice Swords. Predeceased by her parents Josephine and Cornelius and her sister Brenda. Ann will be sorely missed by her sisters and brothers; sisters and brothers in-law, nieces and nephews, the extended family, Paul and a wide circle of friends.

A memorial service will be held in Ann’s memory on May 21, details to follow on RIP.ie. Ann’s family would like to thank all who paid such wonderful tributes to her memory and would like to particularly thank Care Choice Nursing Home, Swords and St Francis Hospice, Blanchardstown for the loving care they provided during her illness. Donations, in lieu of flowers, can be made to St Francis Hospice at www.sfh.ie. The late Ann Brophy, may she rest in peace, amen,

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