Celtic warrior who fought a selfless fight
Emma Mhic Mhathuna has left a legacy of hope for Ireland, writes her friend and advocate Stephen McMahon
Emma Mhic Mhathuna died last Sunday from cervical cancer that developed undetected. At her funeral the celebrant Fr Paddy Moran recalled: "Her illness, she said, she did not see as part of God's plan, but rather as the result of human error."
I hadn't heard from Emma for a while, but that was not unusual. Her ever attentive uncle John would update me from time to time. I had sent a text to Emma and her uncle last Saturday that I would go down and visit her on Sunday.
Late on Saturday night, I was told that Emma was near the end of her earthly journey. The night took on a chill as that text's deeper meaning struck home. In the short time I had known Emma as her patient advocate and friend, I always saw her and referred to her as a Celtic warrior, fearless, protective of her children and noble in nature but also a very ill lady.