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Tragic garda's family aims to raise €10,000 in her memory

THE family of a garda, who died from cancer four months after giving birth to her first child, aims to raise €10,000 for two charities.

Jayne Cahill (36), one of two brave gardai attacked during riots at a Love Ulster Parade seven years ago, was diagnosed with breast cancer just nine days after her son Charlie was born last year.

A member of the Emergency Response Unit based at Harcourt Street in Dublin, she passed away last November after a brave fight against the disease.

Her family has already raised €2,385 of a target €10,000 online after launching an appeal for Breast Cancer Ireland and St Francis Hospice in Raheny, where she spent her final days.

Her brother Brian Heaney (42) described her as a bubbly girl, with a great personality, whom you would never forget after meeting her once.

"On July 4 last year, our sister Jayne, just 18 months married, gave birth to her first baby, Charlie," he said.

He said the family's world was then turned upside down, but Jayne was determined to beat cancer.

His sister was one of two gardai whose riot gear went on fire after a petrol bomb was thrown at them on O'Connell Street in Dublin on the day of the Love Ulster parade in 2006. A 19-year-old man was jailed for five years for the attack.

Jayne was originally from Castlebellingham in Co Louth, and her father Tom Heaney, who passed away in 2000, was a well-known publican.

She competed in the New York Marathon to raise funds for the Beaumont Hospital Foundation in honour of her dad's memory.

The mother of one was married to Dublin-based garda sergeant Dermot Cahill.

Donations to assist cancer research and the hospice can be made at the Jayne Cahill fundraiser page at www.mycharity.ie.

A charity night is being held on May 17 at the Crowne Plaza in Blanchardstown, with a band, DJ, auction and spot prizes.

Irish Independent