Sad final farewell to Ciara
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.