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Celebration of Vicky Phelan – a memorial service will be held to celebrate the brave campaigner on Sunday, November 27.

A livestream will be available of the memorial service for those who cannot attend in Kilkenny

By I Love Limerick correspondent Stella Gordon

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Vicky became an unforgettable national hero for women across the country.

The family of the late CervicalCheck campaigner Vicky Phelan have invited the public to visit her parish church in Mooncoin, Co Kilkenny to engage in a celebration of her life on Sunday, November 27. 

The Phelan and Kelly families posted a statement into the ‘Vicky’s Tribe’ Facebook group saying, “Vicky was a friend to many & was keen to ensure that all who wanted had the opportunity to join with us in a celebration of her life & pay their final respects. With this in mind, we invite you to her native Mooncoin, Co Kilkenny on Sunday, November 27th next at 1pm, where we will do our best to honour that wish.”

Ireland came to a standstill when Vicky passed away on November 14. Vicky was not only a healthcare campaigner, but she was also a powerhouse, a mother, a sister, a friend, and a scholar. Her courage and determination inspired many across the country and people are eager to pay tribute to her life and works.

The Phelan and Kelly families said, “As numbers in the church itself are limited, there will be a live stream available on the day also, details of which will be posted later in the weeklong with further updates on the event itself.” There will be live performances made in her memory at the celebration of her life by her favourite musicians.

Vicky is survived by her husband Jim, children Amelia and Darragh, and her parents John and Gaby Kelly. In a statement her husband posted on Facebook, he said, “The outpouring of grief and good wishes from far and wide are truly appreciated.” Vicky made the decision In November of 2021 to stop chemotherapy treatment for her cancer in order to spend time with her loved ones and create as many memories as possible.

A Facebook user commented under her family’s statement, “I didn’t know Vicky and yet her passing affected me deeply. As a member of this page I have watched her many updates which showed the courage, passion and tenacity of this wonderful woman I look at my daughters and granddaughters and know that Vicky has made this country a safer place for them.”

Vicky’s life and legacy will live on in the hearts of the women of Ireland for the end of time.

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the ilovelimerick.com concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.

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