Friday 23 February 2018

Son of city flood victim speaks of 'disbelief'

Kevin Keane

THE son of a hospice worker who was killed in last week's flash flooding has spoken of his grief one week on from his mother's death.

Michael Kevin De Jesus revealed his continuing disbelief at the death of his mother Cecilia De Jesus (58).

She drowned when flood waters inundated her basement flat on Parnell Road, Dublin, one week ago this evening.

Last night her son, who lives in San Carlos in the Philippines, spoke of his pain. "I don't know how will I move on. You were everything, everything that I wanted, mama," he posted on a Facebook page set up to commemorate his mother.

The 19-year-old is appealing to Mrs De Jesus's Irish friends and colleagues to send him pictures of his mother so he can create a video commemoration.

Members of the Filipino community here have been expressing their condolences to Mrs De Jesus's family.

"Thank you for your sympathy. Yes, I'm getting better now. I don't know how long will it be. I miss my mom. It's so hard to lose someone you loved so much," her son said in response to one message yesterday.

Mrs De Jesus, who became an Irish citizen just months before her death, will be buried near Manila in her native Philippines later this week.

Her husband Angelito originally intended to travel to Dublin to help bring her remains home but then postponed the plans.

A vigil will be held tomorrow for Mrs De Jesus at Our Lady's Hospice Harold's Cross, her workplace for more than a decade.

On Wednesday, friends and colleagues will gather for a funeral Mass ahead of the repatriation of her remains the following day.

Irish Independent

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