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Brave Nicola was an inspiration for many

Nicola Curran was a remarkable young woman. The 18-year-old from Bloomfield, Clonard was an inspirational teenager, and her death on Saturday afternoon has left a gaping void in the lives of those she touched.

Nicola, the daughter of David and Patricia Curran, passed away in Wexford General Hospital, shortly before 3 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. She died from complications which arose from the treatment she received for bone cancer.

Nicola was first diagnosed with bone cancer two and a half years ago, and she spent the next 10 months in Crumlin Children's Hospital and Cappagh.

It was while she was in Cappagh that her leg was amputated, as part of her treatment, 18 months ago. She later required lung surgery in Crumlin.

From February of last year, Nicola was happily cancer free, until she had a minor relapse in November.

In January of this year she had a full relapse, and embarked on another course of treatment.

Despite her ongoing health problems - and the obvious challenges that her amputation brought her - Nicola always remained optimistic.

I never once heard Nicola complain. She never asked Why me? Why did I get cancer'. You'd only heard Nicola say, I'm going to get better'. She was continuously making plans,' said her devoted father David this week.

Indeed Nicola was always looking to the future, and while she had missed quite an amount of school in the Presentation through her illness, she still had her sights set on completing the Leaving Cert and becoming either a nurse or a patient counsellor.

Very people-orientated, Nicola loved interaction. While she wasn't someone to seek the limelight, or be the focus of attention, she loved to be in the company of friends. She was an artistic child, and absolutely loved singing and dancing. She performed with the dance group Pulse prior to having her amputation, and she was a member of the Presentation Choir. Indeed, she had a lovely voice, and was often called upon to sing solo.

Last year she joined the Oyster Lane Theatre Group for their production of Joseph', and despite having an operation the week before their show, she made it onstage for three performances.

Following a fundraising drive on her behalf last year, Nicola and her family travelled to Disneyworld and had a fantastic time'. She had a ball, and she was in good health at the time - she really could enjoy it,' said her father, David.

Describing Nicola as a model daughter', David added that he was proud of her, and all her achievements. She was never one ounce of trouble, and she was a model big sister. She was a brilliant sister, and Stephen, Daniel and Rachel all loved her,' he said.

A sensitive young woman, with strong moral fibre, Nicola detested discrimination and sectarianism. She didn't like seeing people hurt or put down. She was just a great kid. She was very dignified and reached out to people. She loved meeting people. She was very caring,' he said.

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She also loved children, and when she was well enough Nicola would help out at the childrens playschool at St. Bridget's Centre.

She was also very involved in Canteen - the support group for teenagers suffering with Cancer.

She was also a lover of animals and had several pets from turtles to birds, fish and a dog. Nicola loved to care for things,' said David.

Nicola is survived by her loving parents, David and Patricia; her brothers, Stephen (16) and Daniel (12); sister, Rachel (7); grandparents, Mary and Joe Thomas and David and Mary Curran; great-grandparents Mary Thomas and Angie Hynes, aunts, uncles, large extended family, classmates and many friends.