Friday 31 October 2014

'Ed Sheeran sang her to sleep' - Family of Irish teen Triona grateful for final moments as her wish is granted

Triona Priestley
Ed Sheeran

School pals of Dublin teenager Triona Priestley who passed away yesterday, just minutes after receiving a phonecall from her idol Ed Sheeran, paid their respects to the 15-year-old today in school.

Hundreds of her classmates at Castleknock Community College wore the colour purple today and sang some of her favourite songs in memory of their friend.

Triona, who was seriously ill and in her final stages of battling cystic fibrosis, revealed her dying wish was to hear from her favourite singer Ed Sheeran last week.

Following her death yesterday, Triona's brother Colm thanked everyone who started and supported the #SongForTri campaign.

"Myself and my family would like to thank Ed Sheeran and everyone who started and supported the #SongForTri campaign," he told independent.ie.

"What they gave us and her was a beautiful last moment together. Triona slipped into a sleep as Ed was singing to her and passed away shortly afterwards.

"So Ed Sheeran sang her to sleep.

"We would like to thank everyone who played their part in making that happen," he said.

"We are all so proud of Triona and how she fought Cystic Fibrosis.

"Everyone loved Triona so much and she knew that. Thank you."

The family have appealed for privacy at this time.

'#SongForTri' trended on Twitter from Sunday evening as thousands of Triona's friends and family joined forces to try and contact the singer and make her dream happen.

Independent.ie became involved in the campaign to contact Ed Sheeran on behalf of Triona and her family when their efforts had proven unsuccessful earlier this week.

Sheeran confirmed to independent.ie yesterday that he managed to speak to his biggest fan Triona shortly before lunchtime, making her dream come true.

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Triona's wish is to talk to Ed Sheeran

Triona's friend Orla Tinsley wrote this blog prior to Triona's death about how much the wish meant to her:

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