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Rowena Carroll (10) was a wonderful character who brought sunshine wherever she went

Outpouring of sadness at the passing of a funny, brave and much-loved little girl


The late Rowena Carroll.

The late Rowena Carroll.

The late Rowena Carroll.


A beautiful young girl who brought sunshine wherever she went is how family and friends will remember ten-year-old Rowena Carroll, who sadly passed away following a short illness last week.

A huge crowd of people from across the community gathered in St. David’s Church in Johnstown on Sunday to celebrate Rowena’s life and show their support for her parents Damian and Sandra, sister Clodagh and wide circle of family and friends. Symbols to represent Rowena’s life were brought to the alter during the mass.

These included headphones to symbolise her love of music, a poppet and a blanket made for her by her classmates at Scoil Naomh Padraig.

Everyone at the Church heard of Rowena’s bravery in the face of her illness and the treatment she had to undergo since her diagnosis last year. She packed a lot into the short life that she had.

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Formerly of Newtown Upper, Coolgreany and Glenogue, Ballyfad, Co Wexford Rowena had been living in Woodland’s Avenue in Arklow. 

"She was loved as a child and she knew that. His sister Clodagh loved her to bits and so did her best mates and her classmates, who told me she was a lovely girl, she was funny, she was a great character and she was loved.”

“There is a huge outpouring of sadness in this community. So many people have been drawn out of themselves to love this family.”

Rowena is the darling 10 year-old daughter of Damian and Sandra (née Byrne) and beloved little sister of Clodagh. She will be sadly missed by her heartbroken parents and sister, her grandparents Jim & Kathleen (Plattenstown) and Mick & Doreen (Ballyfad), her aunts, uncles and cousins, especially her besties Maisie and Cliona, her relatives, classmates, neighbours and friends.