Brave Clare's courage captured the hearts of all

CLARE Clarke was honoured with a minutes silence at last week's Dublin v Monaghan game at DCU.

Just after Christmas, the collection at the Dublin ladies football and camogie Dubs Stars matches went to her foundation.

Last November, Clare was interviewed by Marty Morrissey on stage at the TG4 All-Star awards at Citywest. She brought the house down.

Clare worked for the Ladies Gaelic Football Association. She was forever cheerful and helpful.

She fought a brave battle against cancer. Her passing sparked an ocean of goodwill.

Her courage in the face of adversity is what won her so many admirers. And, despite her own illness, she was determined to ease the burden of others.

And that she has done. She inspired the setting up of the Climb4Clare organisation.

CLIMB stands for Children's Lives Include Moments of Bravery.

It helps children deal with their feelings and get a better understanding when a family member gets cancer.

Clare's conviction got an army on the move. The Ladies Gaelic Football Association and the Irish Cancer Society embraced the project to establish centres throughout the country.

Clare has made the world a better place for children. And you can't do better than that.