Funeral arrangements announced for tragic Sophie

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

The late Sophie Mulcahy pictured last February in her new bed
THE funeral arrangements for an eight-year-old Limerick girl who lost her brave battle with a rare illness on Thursday morning, have been announced.

THE funeral arrangements for an eight-year-old Limerick girl who lost her brave battle with a rare illness on Thursday morning, have been announced.

The communities of Kilmallock and Rhebogue were left deeply saddened by the news that their beloved Sophie Mulcahy passed away in the Rainbow Ward at University Hospital Limerick at around 7am on Thursday.

The brave little girl who lived in Rhebogue, and whose father Liam is from Kilmallock, had the genetic condition 1q43 -one of only 40 known cases in the world.

Sophie will be reposing at her home in Drominbeg, Rhebogue this Friday evening from 4pm to 7pm. Mass of the Angels for Sophie will be celebrated at St John’s Cathedral, Limerick on Saturday at 11am. Cremation afterwards in Mount Jerome crematorium at 2.30pm..

Canon Willie Fitzmaurice who served in Kilmallock for 19 years and knows the Mulcahy family well, spoke of the courage and dignity Sophie and her family - parents Liam and Stacey, brother Dion and sister Kayla had shown over the past eight years.

“Along with everybody in the community of Kilmallock I am very saddened by the passing of Sophie. She was a profile of courage - she put up a very determined battle for life. Our deepest sympathies to her parents Liam and Stacey, brother Dion and sister Kayla who went to the ends of the earth to help her and were so devoted to her. She suffered so much but she is at peace now,” said Canon Fitzmaurice.

Sophie was a student of St Gabriel’s in Dooradoyle where she had made great progress in recent times. Her dad Liam had founded the charity Cycle 4 Sick Children and worked tirelessly to raise funds for children who, like Sophie, suffer with a serious illness.

A post on the Facebook page dedicated to Sophie’s Journey read this Thursday morning: “It’s with incredible sadness our brave little superhero has left for heaven. Our hearts are breaking and words don’t come to mind . Rest well my sweet angel.” #sophieourhero

On behalf of the sporting community in Kilmallock, the chairman of Kilmallock GAA Club, Steven Connery, offered his deepest sympathies to the Mulcahy family who are well known in local sporting circles.

“All we can do is pass on our sincere condolences to the Mulcahy family. They have a long tradition with Kilmallock GAA - Sophie’s grandfather Billy (Hal) is a proud Kilmallock man and her father Liam would have played underage with Kilmallock. Nothing we can say will soften their burden but we are all thinking of them at this very difficult time,” he said.

Sophie was born in 2006 and was immediately transferred to Crumlin’s cardiac ward where she underwent six heart operations within six months. Sophie’s genetic condition 1q43 had left her unable to walk or talk but she had her own unique way of communicating with her loving family.