Sadness at the death of brave little superhero Siobhan (4)

Sinead Kelleher

Four-year-old Siobhan Mather has left behind a void that can never be filled, following the death of the brave little girl who had valiantly fought cancer for the past two years. 

The daughter of Sarah and Anthony Mather, whose family are from Glencar and Portmagee, passed away  on Saturday evening in London following a two-year cancer battle. 

The little girl captured the hearts of Kerry following a fundraising drive by her family to help fund cancer treatment for their little girl in a bid to save her life. 

Though born in London, Siobhan has strong ties to Kerry through her grandparents, and she has family in both Glencar and Portmagee and throughout Mid Kerry. Pictured on more than one occasion sporting the Kerry jersey, Siobhan and her family maintained their ties to the county. 

A host of fund-raisers took place for the little girl in the past two years to help pay for treatment, and the community in Kerry rowed behind these, including a fundraising dance at the Manor Inn in Killorglin organised by her family, including cousin Juliette Russell, who said everyone in Kerry is heartbroken. 

Her parents posted on a Facebook page dedicated to Siobhan's journey about the huge void she has left in their lives.

"She tried her hardest but Neuroblastoma wanted to win. Yesterday evening (Saturday) at 7.02pm ,our beautiful girl took her last breath after spending the most amazing day with all the family," they said. 

"We would like to thank everyone for all the love and support you have shown to our family throughout Siobhan's journey, you were all there for us when we needed it," they said on Facebook.

Juliette also thanked the people of Kerry for their support for the wonderful little girl.

"We are just devastated."

Siobhan was diagnosed in July 2017 - just two months after her second birthday - with Neuroblastoma, a very rare cancer that affects only 100 children per year in the UK.