Tuesday 24 April 2018

Siobhán lived her short life to the full

Siobhan Giltrap.
Siobhan Giltrap.

IN HER short life Siobhán Giltrap – who died aged 25 at Wexford General Hospital on Tuesday – always loved putting a smile on people's faces, and the congregation at her funeral mass in Mulrankin church on Friday couldn't help but smile and laugh as they recalled a larger than life young woman who touched so many lives.

Late of St Clements, Duncormick and Bridgetown, Siobhan (nee Cullen), passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday afternoon last, having taken ill just the previous day.

She is survived by her husband, Neil; parents, Padraig and Margaret; brother, Robert, sisters, Maria and Angela; uncles, aunts, cousins, extended family and close circle of friends.

Her father Padraig said: 'Siobhán had a divine, electric personality. All she wanted in life was laughter and plain sailing.'

The youngest of four, Siobhán was born with a hole in her heart and despite suffering from ill health in her youth, she went on to live a full life.

She attended Rathangan NS and Our Lady of Fatima School in Wexford.

A born entertainer, from a young age, she loved singing and dancing and up until a fortnight ago would suddenly break into song and dance at her and Neil's Bridgetown home.

Her uncle Peter O'Brien said: 'She was full of life. She had a cheeky grin when she was bold and a great smile and she always made you laugh regardless of how she was feeling.'

After finishing school Siobhán worked at Tesco in Wexford for a few years but had to stop working when her health condition worsened.

Peter said: 'She had an operation when she was six and we were all called up to an operation in Crumlin Hospital; we weren't expecting her to make it but she was a fighter.'

Despite her illness, Siobhán always remained upbeat and hoped to raise her own family one day with Neil, whom she met when she was 15 and married five years ago.

'She only had eyes for Neil; she was devoted to him and he was devoted to her.'

The happy couple were married in Mulrankin Church in 2009. Peter said it was a fantastic day, one which her family will always remember.

Sadly she passed away on Tuesday.

The huge crowd which attended her funeral mass bore testament to the affection with which she and her family are held in the community.

At mass Peter shared stories about Siobhán's life, most of which were humorous. 'Everyone was laughing, which is the way she would have wanted it,' he said.

Siobhán was laid to rest in Adamstown Cemetery afterwards. Her family wish to thank their neighbours, friends and extended family for their kindness and support over recent days.

May she rest in peace.

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