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Ed Sheeran singing to our sister was a touching moment we will have for rest of our lives - Triona Priestley's family

Published 23/04/2014 | 18:37

Ed Sheeran sang to Triona Priestley over the phone
Ed Sheeran sang to Triona Priestley over the phone
Triona Priestley (15), who lost her long brave battle with cystic fibrosis shortly after being 'sung to sleep' by her favourite singer, Ed Sheeran
Triona Priestley
Triona Priestley
Sinead Desmond and Mark Cagney spoke to Aidan and Conor Priestley on TV3's Ireland AM
Aidan and Conor Priestley on TV3's Ireland AM

The family of Triona Priestley have said Ed Sheeran singing to their dying sister was a “touching moment” they will have for the rest of their lives.

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Ciaran and Aidan Priestley were speaking on TV3’s Ireland AM earlier today.

Primarily the pair appeared on the breakfast programme to highlight their fundraising efforts for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland.

However, the brothers also discussed their extraordinary sister and how her tragic passing made headlines across the globe.

Triona (15) lost her battle with cystic fibrosis on Tuesday, just moments after she was sung to sleep by her idol Ed Sheeran last month.

“It was a very difficult day but it was a very touching moment and we will have that for the rest of our lives,” her brother Ciaran told presenters Sinead Desmond and Mark Cagney.

“It’s something that will mean an awful lot for us.”


Triona Priestley

Ciaran and Aidan said the family were aware that morning that Triona would pass away later that day.

On the same day, they heard that it was a possibility Ed Sheeran might contact her but they were unaware fo the time.

“She loved music and Ed Sheeran was one of her favourite artists and we did find the bucket list that she wrote,” Ciaran said.

“She wanted to be tweeted by Ed Sheeran – but he went a step further and contacted her,” Aidan added.


Aidan and Conor Priestley on TV3's Ireland AM

Ciaran said Triona’s passing was just as their other brother Conor described in a statement shortly after her death.

“It was as he [my brother] described it – she fell asleep as he was playing

“It [the song] was ‘Little Bird’.”

The brothers said Triona’s passing and Ed Sheeran’s contact with her “attracted a lot of attention and raised awareness about CF” which “would have sit comfortably with Triona”.


Sinead Desmond and Mark Cagney interviewed Aidan and Conor Priestley, brothers of the late Triona Priestley, on TV3's Ireland AM

Conor is now in training for a number of marathons.

One of those in marathons will be in New York – a city Triona visited once and loved.

Conor told viewers his little sister had hoped she would be able to make a return visit if she ever got a transplant and recovered.

Now the family are planning on visiting New York to cheer on Conor as he runs for his late sister.

For more information on Conor’s fundraising, see here:

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