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'Ruth was beautiful inside and out - I love her with all my heart'

Ruth Morrissey was hugely brave but the wonder she brought to ordinary life is what her grieving husband Paul recalls most, he tells Maeve Sheehan

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Ruth Morrissey with her husband Paul and her daughter Libby

Ruth Morrissey with her husband Paul and her daughter Libby

Ruth Morrissey with her husband Paul and her daughter Libby

The birthday tradition in the Morrissey household was the same for every family member. The centrepiece was always the fresh cream cake from SuperValu in Castletroy, Limerick - always fresh, whipped cream, never buttercream.

"Ruth died on Sunday and Libby's ninth birthday was on Monday. Me and Ruth had the cake bought and paid for. We still went ahead with the party. Libby's friends came up. We had cake," said Paul Morrissey. "We always have birthdays at home because that's what we did when we were growing up. It was all about home."

Paul and his daughter Libby are now left with a gaping hole in their hearts and in their suburban home, a place he and Ruth once planned to fill with a clatter of children.


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