The town of Portarlington has been plunged into mourning today following the sad passing of a brave young woman.
Rachel Flanagan, from St Michael’s Park, Portarlington, passed away on Sunday morning surrounded by her loving family at the Mater Hospital Dublin.
Ms Flanagan battled Cystic Fibrosis but lost her battle and tributes have flooded in to her.
Rachel’s dad Padraig played for and manager Portarlington GAA club and they led the tributes.
A statement on their Facebook page said: “Portarlington GAA Club would like to extend our deepest sympathies to a former player and manager Padraig Flanagan and his family on the death of his daughter Rachael who sadly passed away this morning.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very tragic time. May she RIP. Ar dheis de go raibh a h-anam.”
While the popular community page People of Port also paid tribute to Rachel.
They said: “Deepest sympathy to the family of Rachel Flanagan, St Michael’s Park who became an angel today after fighting a brave battle through her young life.
“We send sincere condolences to her parents Rose and Padraig, her brother Ronan and sister Alison, the extended Flanagan and Donegan families and Rachel’s many, many friends.
“Rest in peace Rachel.”
While another local woman, Ashling O’Neill, also paid a lovely tribute to Rachel.
She said: “A sadness is over the town of portarlington tonight and surrounding areas.
“A beautiful girl is now flying high free from pain. Talking to people tonight all I’m hearing is how much of an amazing young lady she was.
“Can i just say mind yourselves the next few days look out for each other and be kind to yourselves. CF is a cruel cruel illness who takes away people too young.
“Rememeber also we can help by having a donor card you could save a life. Fly high to an amazing young girl.xx”