Tributes pour in as brave Merryn passes away
A little girl suffering from a rare form of cancer who touched the hearts of some of Ireland's biggest stars, has sadly succumbed to the disease following a brave battle.
Merryn Lacy from Donabate, north county Dublin, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at the age of four in 2013 and had been undergoing intensive treatment for the rare children's cancer since then.
But yesterday afternoon, her heartbroken family announced her passing on Facebook.
"Goodbye our sweet little princess. This afternoon your little body had enough and you departed this world. No more pain! You leave us with so many happy memories.
The Merryn Lacy Trust was set up by her parents Mick and Jenny in order to raise awareness of the aggressive cancer that afflicts mostly children and to raise funds for her treatment.
The little girl's supporters and donors included some of her favourite stars, including women's boxing legend Katie Taylor, Roy Keane and members of the Irish rugby and football squads, all of whom happily posed for photos with her.
Actor Colin Farrell also sent her kind words of encouragement from "a chilly California".