Sad fi­nal farewell to Ciara

Wexford People - - NEWS - By SARA GA­HAN

There was a pal­pa­ble feel­ing of sad­ness in Gorey on Fri­day evening as news broke that Ciara As­ple of Greenville, North Pa­rade, has passed away.

A huge crowd gath­ered at St Michael’s Church yes­ter­day (Mon­day) to bid a fi­nal farewell to much-loved Ciara, who was laid to rest in St Michael’s Ceme­tery.

Ciara, who was in her early 40s, is sur­vived by her par­ents Patsy and Nell, sis­ters Paula and Ni­amh, broth­ers-in-law Si­mon and John, niece Ellen, aunts, un­cles, cousins, ex­tended fam­ily and a large cir­cle of friends.

Lo­cal coun­cil­lor Mal­colm Byrne said Ciara was a won­der­ful, en­thu­si­as­tic young woman with a huge smile.

‘She helped out so many groups, was a great ad­vo­cate for the arts and en­cour­aged ev­ery­one she met to get in­volved,’ said Cllr Byrne. ‘She was open about her ill­ness and wanted peo­ple to talk.’

The re­moval, which took place on Sun­day at Mur­phy’s Funeral Home, had queues down The Av­enue.

Ciara was the found­ing mem­ber of SPEAK (Sui­cide Pre­ven­tion Ed­u­ca­tion Aware­ness Kin­ship) in 2011, a char­ity in Gorey that as­sisted peo­ple with con­cerns about sui­cide.

She was also heav­ily in­volved with Refugee Ap­peal Gorey, a non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion ded­i­cated to ship­ping off much-needed sup­plies to migrants liv­ing in makeshift camps in Europe.

Ciara’s sis­ter Paula runs the very suc­cess­ful The Wilds café in En­nis­cor­thy, while her un­cle is De­nis As­ple of As­ple & Co ac­coun­tancy firm based in Wex­ford town on Cres­cent Quay.

The late Ciara As­ple.

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