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Remarkable Sarah Corbett Lynch named one of Ireland’s top 20 inspirational women

Pictured is Richard Lynch with Sarah Corbett Lynch. Photo by Beth Pym/ilovelimerick.

Remarkable Sarah Corbett Lynch named one of Ireland’s top 20 inspirational women

By I Love Limerick Correspondent Sophia DiBattista

Limerick’s own Sarah Corbett Lynch has been named one of Ireland’s top 20 inspirational women for 2020’s International Women’s Day by The Sun newspaper and parenting website

Sarah’s mother tragically passed when Sarah was only 12 weeks old. She and her brother Jack then moved to the States with their father Jason and stepmother Molly Martens. Jason was tragically murdered by Molly and her father Tom in North Carolina, in August 2015.

Sarah and Jack’s aunt Tracey has taken them in, and they have all been together since. Sarah is now using her experiences to help other children through their grief. The teen recently published her first children’s book ‘Noodle Loses Dad’, to help young people face this battle.

‘Noodle Loses Dad’ is the first of the Booga Wooga Series, which will be tales of hope for young people who have experienced some sort of loss. Aimed at kids between 3 and 10, they will be Sarah’s own experiences but told through the characters in the book, and will give a positive look at family life and loss.

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Thirteen-year-old author Sarah Corbett Lynch was in O’Mahony’s bookshop in Limerick to launch her book “Noodle Loses Dad”.
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The beloved author has gained attention both at home and abroad  Her inspirational story shows what true determination and courage look like.

Being regarded as one of Ireland’s top 20 inspirational women alongside women such as Saorise Ronan, Sinead Bourke, and Katie Taylor is quite the achievement for the 13-year-old. However, this is not the first time Sarah has been recognised in such high regard.

Since publishing her first book, she appeared on the Late Late Show this past January to speak about her experiences and in an effort to help others who are dealing with grief. Sarah went on to be named Limerick Person of the Month in February 2020 and was a nominee for Limerick Person of the Year 2020.

Sarah has certainly a bright future ahead of her and her kindness is only matched by her talent. 

Sarah spoke about her successes and influence on others. She said, “Everybody has been saying ‘well done’, and a lot of people – children and adults – have reached out to me saying they feel a lot less lonely after hearing what I have gone through and how I have coped.”

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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 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.