Heart­break at loss of an an­gel

Bray People - - NEWS -

The peo­ple of Bray learned al­most three years ago that a lit­tle girl needed their help.

Mer­ryn Lacy’s dad Mick is from Moun­tain­view Drive in Bray, her mum Jenny is from Derry, and the fam­ily lives in Don­abate.

Those three com­mu­ni­ties never gave up fight­ing to give her the best pos­si­ble chance.

Mer­ryn Lacy cap­tured the hearts of the peo­ple of the town of Bray, as well as celebri­ties all over the world, from Colin Far­rell to Damien Duff, lo­cal and Ir­ish sports teams, Katie Tay­lor, and Bray based singer-song­writer Rob­bie Doyle. As fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties gath­ered pace, and Mer­ryn was able to at­tend many of them and be­came a lo­cal a celebrity in her own right. Her beau­ti­ful smile even brought out the best in Roy Keane.

Mer­ryn, like many chil­dren her age, was a big fan of Minecraft, as well as Ed Sheeran, and draw­ing.

The pub­lic cel­e­brated the joys of her life, such as her first day at school, birthdays, and other happy times, along with her par­ents Mick and Jenny and her sis­ter Cora. They also shared their pain, com­mis­er­at­ing on the hard days, and of­fer­ing emo­tional as well as fi­nan­cial sup­port.

When news broke last week that Mer­ryn had lost her bat­tle, there was a huge out­pour­ing of grief and sym­pa­thy for the Lacy fam­ily.

Hun­dreds upon hun­dreds of peo­ple took to so­cial me­dia to ex­press their con­do­lences. ‘We are re­ally touched by all your kind words,’ re­sponded her fam­ily. ‘See­ing the im­pact this lit­tle girl from Dublin has had on the world fills us with pride.’

‘I hon­estly have never had a per­son take such an ef­fect on me,’ said mu­si­cian Rob­bie Doyle, who held a mu­sic night in aid of the Mer­ryn Lacy Trust in De­cem­ber 2013.‘Words can­not de­scribe the sad­ness, hurt and pain I feel right now af­ter learn­ing of the news of this lit­tle an­gel who I had such a soft spot and love in my heart for. That night when Mer­ryn walked into my life she lit up the whole room. It was so easy to see what a spe­cial gift of a lit­tle girl she was.’

Events held over the past years have in­cluded ev­ery­thing from cof­fee morn­ings and cake sales, to a con­cert with As­lan’s Christy Dig­nam head­lin­ing, peo­ple do­ing the mini marathon and Hell and Back for Mer­ryn, and much more.

Mer­ryn as mas­cot for Bray Wan­der­ers with Rocky the Seag­ull, her dad Michael, sis­ter Cora and mum Jenny.

Mer­ryn with for­mer Ir­ish in­ter­na­tional Damien Duff, for­mer Strictly Come Danc­ing star Tris­tan MacManus and Rob­bie Doyle.

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