Wednesday 25 April 2018

Irish woman who wed love after she was diagnosed with terminal cancer passes away

Christine and Vincent Callaghan pictured on their wedding day
Christine and Vincent Callaghan pictured on their wedding day

Robin Schiller

A bride who married after being diagnosed with terminal cancer was remembered at her funeral service as a “caring young woman full of strength”.

Christine Callaghan (38) married her fiance Vincent (43) earlier this year after being told by doctors in December that her cancer was terminal.

The pair wed at a ceremony in the St Francis Xavier Church on Gardiner Street in February.

Sadly, Christine passed away earlier this week.

Scores of mourners gathered at the same church yesterday to pay their respects to Christine, who was described as “a woman full of strength” by parish priest Father Donal Neary.

“We had the ceremony in this church almost six months to the day, and there were no doubts between Christine and Vincent that she didn’t have long, but she stayed strong and was full of strength right to the end,” Fr Neary said.

The song played for the couple’s first dance at the wedding ceremony was also sang during the emotional funeral service.

Christine’s coffin was then carried to a horse-drawn carriage outside the church, which brought her to Glasnevin Cemetery for her burial.

Former Lord Mayor Christy Burke, who attended the funeral, described it as a “terribly sad” occasion.

However, he added that it was a “beautiful send off for a young and caring” woman.

“She was too young to die, it shouldn’t have happened. She was such a caring woman – and it showed in the amount of people who were at the funeral to pay their respects that she was loved by everyone.

“It was a beautiful send off and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house,” Mr Burke said.

Christine and Vincent met 20 years ago after being introduced by Christine’s younger brother.

Vincent first proposed to Christine on her 21st birthday.

Despite receiving the devastating news about her health, Christine was determined to wed her fiance.

The beautiful bride smiled her way through her special day and then had a reception at the Mansion House.

“It was a beautiful ceremony. I’ve always wanted to get married since I was younger. After 20 years together it’s about time,” Christine told the Herald after the wedding.

“I wouldn’t care if I was getting married in a barn.

“I know this sounds corny but I knew when I met him that he was the one, I don’t know what it was, I just knew,” Christine said.

Christine’s husband Vincent said of the wedding: “It was a great ceremony. We really appreciate it, we’re delighted.”

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