Sad­ness at death of lov­ing wife and mother Miriam

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - NEWS - By SINEAD KELLEHER

THE grief-stricken hus­band of Miriam Joy Fitzger­ald, who trag­i­cally lost her bat­tle with can­cer on Mon­day af­ter­noon, has paid tribute to her fight­ing spirit.

“She fought un­til the end. She never gave up,” the dev­as­tated hus­band said this week.

Miriam, who was orig­i­nally from Abbeyfeale, was di­ag­nosed with triple nega­tive breast can­cer in May 2017 and fought for her life valiantly.

Miriam is mar­ried to Pat Fitzger­ald. The cou­ple have two young chil­dren and live in Castleis­land. Ear­lier this year, the Joy and Fitzger­ald fam­i­lies launched a fundrais­ing cam­paign to help get new treat­ment in a bid to save her life. The pub­lic came to their sup­port, and over €250,000 was raised for im­munother­apy.

How­ever, the treat­ment did not work, and Miriam lost her life to can­cer this week.

“We are all dev­as­tated and heart­bro­ken at the loss of Miriam,” he said.

“On be­half of all of us, we ap­pre­ci­ate what ev­ery­one did for us and the money that was raised. Miriam fought so hard and she passed away on Mon­day.”

Sym­pa­thies have been pour­ing in for the much-loved mother, wife, daugh­ter and sis­ter. She was a teacher at Drom­trasna Na­tional School in Abbeyfeale prior to her ill­ness.

The re­moval will take place in Castleis­land to­day (Wed­nes­day) and she will be brought to the Church of the As­sump­tion in Abbeyfeale on Thurs­day be­fore her cre­ma­tion.

Pa­trick Fitzger­ald and his wife Miriam pic­tured at home in Castleis­land ear­lier this year.

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