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Tuesday 20 February 2018

Devoted, proud mother Sinéad (34) laid to rest

Obituary: Sinéad Breen

The late Sinéad Breen
The late Sinéad Breen

There were heartbreaking scenes in The Rower on Thursday when devoted mother, wife, daughter, sister and friend to many Sinéad Breen was laid to rest, days after her 34th birthday.

Late of Raheenduff, The Rower and 22 Deerpark, New Ross, Sinéad is survived by her husband Mark; son Séan; parents Mary and Jimmy, sister Eilís; brothers John, Liam, James and Aidan; nieces Grace, Emily, Aoife and Keela; nephews Dylan and Jack; parents-in-law Séan and Bridge; sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law; aunts; uncles; cousins; extended family and a large circle of friends.

She was predeceased by the late Kieran.

Sinéad defied medics by surviving cancer three three years longer than expected giving her family precious time with her for special occasions which they will treasure in their hearts forever.

The third eldest daughter of Mary and Jimmy Mernagh, Sinéad grew up in a loving home where the door was always open for visitors.

She attended The Rower NS and St Mary's Secondary School. She enjoyed performing set dancing having been taught by Sarah Cody and her vivaciousness was something everyone who knew her came to love about her over the following years.

Sinéad attended the College of Further Education in Waterford, studying Healthcare and became a care assistant. She worked in numerous jobs, including at Ardkeen Hospital, at Mannion's and later in the Community Hospital and the Houghton Hospital in New Ross.

Her warm personality and caring nature endeared her to patients and residents wherever she worked.

A sociable, outgoing person, Sinéad loved music and enjoying the craic.

Her sister Eilis said: 'She loved having people around her. She could never do enough for people.'

Sinéad met Mark 13 years ago on Baginbun Beach and within two years they welcomed Seán, who is now 11, into their lives. They were married in 2013 and were loving life, only for illness to befall them when Sinéad got sick in 2014.

'She was only given six weeks to live. She battled on. Since last Christmas she really got bad and was in and out of hospital,' Eilis said.

Sinéad was cared for at her home in Deerpark by Mark and her mother Mary. 'She was always so bubbly and helpful. Sinéad never once complained and only thought about how others were doing. She never once said "Why me?" She was an inspiration. I think the longer she lived the more selfish we got.'

Sinéad and the family were told in July on a Wednesday that she would not live beyond the weekend. 'My brother John's wedding was in six weeks time and she wanted to make the wedding. She said she wasn't missing it and she didn't.'

Sinéad held on to make other important family occasions, including her own 34th birthday.

'She showed such great strength and spirit. Mark meant the world to her and Seán was the number one man in her life. She was to renew her vows for her fifth anniverrsary and I changed it to her birthday but she was too sick to.'

Sinéad was laid to rest in The Rower following her funeral Mass on Thursday. A huge crowd of mourners gathered to pay their respects to the Mernagh and Breen families.

May her gentle soul rest in peace.

New Ross Standard

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