Ballinteer local and huge Shamrock Rovers football supporter, Chloe Pedreschi, has sadly passed away after battling an illness.
Chloe (29) from Hillview Estate, was diagnosed with rare disease Aplastic Anemia in late 2015 which affects 1 in 60 million.
After spending 15 months in St James’s Hospital, she passed away last Thursday in the loving care of the staff of the Denis Burkitt Unit.
She will be missed by her mother and father Sandra and Harry, her brothers Mark and Ian, her niece, nephews, her extended family and her large circle of friends.
Sean McLoughlin from Ballinteer Today told Dublin Gazette he was “gutted” to hear the news and remembers how big of a Rovers fan she was.
“She was a lovely human being, always smiling and chat to anyone. I have known her for as long as I remember, as I grew up in Hillview Estate, and I share the same interest as her, we both follow Shamrock Rovers FC.
“When she was in hospital I organised for a group of first team players, including her favourite player and club captain Ronan Finn to go in for a surprise visit.
“They presented her with a signed jersey with her name printed on the back. She was shocked and delighted.”
At the funeral on Saturday in Donnybrook, the signed Shamrock Rovers jersey with Chloe’s name on the back was one of the gifts on the altar.
Last June, two days before Chloe underwent a critical transplant operation, Chloe got a big surprise when several first team players of Rovers called to the hospital to visit her.
Shamrock Rovers FC said they were “deeply saddened” at the news.
“Chloe had been ill for some time but was always looking out for Rovers and was thrilled when the team visited her in hospital, [and] only recently in July she was our special guest at the Celtic game.”
Others have been paying tribute to Chloe on social media.
Patricia Collins Williams said: “So very sad to hear of Chloe’s passing. [I] spent many a Friday night chatting and laughing with her. Her passion for Shamrock Rovers was amazing. Sleep well sweet beautiful Chloe.”
Karina King Cooke said: “I’m so saddened to hear this news. I remember Chloe from Good Shepard Primary school. She was always such a character and loved to chat.”
Chloe studied at Roslyn Park College, who provide a range of free courses to people who have an illness or disability.
A college spokesperson said: “Chloe was a student from 2011 until 2013. During her time Chloe successfully undertook a number of work experience placements with a number of companies including Tesco and Supervalu.
“Staff recall that a highlight for Chloe was her love of Zumba which she really enjoyed. Chloe was a very pleasant and well-liked student who will be sadly missed by staff.”