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KATHY MC MAHON - R.I.P.
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Neil



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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2018 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am so sorry for your loss Fintan.
Currently working on ways to help out practically.
I will post a tribute to Kathy in time but right now I am lost for words.

Neil.

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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2018 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A LAST MESSAGE FROM KATHY

Just days before her untimely passing Kathy sent a WhatsApp audio
message reply to me. I'd like you to hear how happy she was spending
her last days with daughter Geraldine and Imran and playing with her
beloved grandson Ryaan:


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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 7:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Passed to a lovely sunny place.
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2018 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Tributes paid after tragic death of
First Mothers founder Kathy McMahon


By Sylvia Pownall | IRISH MIRROR 20:58, 19 MAY 2018

Tributes have been paid to Irish First Mothers founder Kathy McMahon who died last week while visiting her daughter in Geneva.

Twice a resident of the country’s network of mother-and-baby homes, the Dubliner set up the advocacy group to campaign for full access for mothers and adoptees to records of institutions.

She became a beacon of hope who spoke out for others who like her “had my beautiful baby stolen by forced adoption in Ireland”.

According to her partner Fintan Dunne, she collapsed after suddenly being taken ill while on a visit to her daughter Geraldine in Switzerland.

In a Facebook post he revealed: “Kathy passed away suddenly and unexpectedly during a visit to Geneva.

“She collapsed after feeling unwell, and despite emergency aid she died shortly after in the comforting arms of her daughter Geraldine.

“Family and friends are coming to terms with her untimely loss... Kathy was a vibrant, energetic and caring person whose commitment to social justice was a light in this world.

“We will cherish and live up to her memory.”


Kathy’s first daughter was taken from her for adoption just days after she gave birth to her in 1975, at the age of 18, having been confined in the Good Shepherd Convent in Dunboyne.

Within 18 months she found herself in St Patrick’s Mother and Baby Home on the Navan Road in Dublin, but this time she resisted the pressure and kept and raised her second daughter.

She never gave up searching and was reunited with her first born almost 30 years later, just days before her eldest girl’s wedding.

Writing about her experience in 2015 she said: “My abiding memory of my incarceration was of my fellow mothers screaming in anguish following the forced removal of their babies.

“We were threatened to never attempt contact.”



Paying tribute to her earlier this week John McGuinness TD said: “Kathy certainly was a special woman. I was touched by her sincerity and passion.”

Senator Lynn Ruane told the Seanad: “She was a very strong, working-class woman who advocated for women who had been failed by the State in the generations before mine.

“She opened my eyes to my situation when, three years ago, she asked me to speak to her Irish First Mothers group.

“It became apparent that if I had been born in the generation before mine, I could have found myself as a teenage mother in the same position as the members of the group.”



Members of the Voice of Irish First Mothers Facebook group also paid tribute to the woman they hailed as a “warrior” and a “hero”.

One wrote: “Kathy was the most wonderful person. It was a privilege knowing her. She saved me.”

Another said: “Kathy was a great friend who gave me courage, strength and meaning to my life when no one else could understand the loneliness after my baby was taken.”

Kathy's remains are being repatriated from Geneva with the assistance of the Kevin Bell Trust.

The family hope to hold a service on either Saturday 26 May or Monday 28, followed by burial at Bohernabreena Cemetery.


https://www.irishmirror.ie/news/tributes-paid-after-tragic-death-12565354


Kathy's remains will be repatriated to Ireland on Friday 25th and will
spend Saturday/Sunday in her home in Castlecomer before service
at St. Anne's church and burial in adjacent Botharnabreena Cemetry,
Dublin 24.


BUTTERFLY KATHY SAYS: LIVE, LAUGH, LOVE

Just a few weeks before she passed away, Kathy took down her
favorite line drawing of her deceased son Justin from it's place
overlooking the garden and hung it with the other pictures of
her children. Remarkable, because she never moved pictures
around.

In place of Justin's picture she hung a butterfly and a heart-shaped
sign which reads: "Live, Laugh, Love." The symbolism is clear.
She sensed she was about to depart. About to perform her own
"butterfly" metamorphosis.

I will post more about this, because Kathy did a lot of things in those
weeks which indicate her preparing to leave, and I'm certain that she
is fully at peace in her passing. She left a clear message telling us to
"live, laugh and "love".



Kathy's last interview
with Pilar Aymara:


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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Friends and neighbours are invited to celebrate Kathy in Castlecomer
at her home this Sat/Sun, where Kathy's remains will overnight on
Saturday -arriving at 5pm.

Then on Monday morning the 28th an 11AM service will take place in
St Anne's Church, Botharnabreena, Dublin 24 followed by removal to the
adjacent cemetery.

We will be posting photos and videos of the ceremonies
and the celebrations of Kathy's achievements.



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KATHY ON THE BEACH - Kathy @ Daytona Y2K

by Fintan Dunne

I've felt alive on mornings -just like this, before.
Sun, drizzled like golden syrup on a dawn shore.
Pelicans pouncing on an indigo sea.
With the scent of life in the air.

Pirates, we surfed on the perfect wave,
Love was the loot in our secret cave.
Smooth southern whiskey by sparkling light.
And the bliss of a kiss in the night.

We followed the line of the waves on the sand.
When I walked with the wind and held her hand.
I wrote her name in pools of water.
And died with her deep in the land.

I remember it now like a day in the life.
When sea had a mate and the shore had a wife.
And a flower of a day bloomed like roses.
Until castles dissolved in the eve'.



“Sculpting with Paint” - Artist: Justin Gaffrey.
http://bit.ly/Sculpting-With-Paint-by-Justin-Gaffrey

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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2018 8:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



Joe Dunne sings his composition 'Paradise'
in memory of Kathy McMahon at her memorial service
on 28th May, 2018 in St. Anne's Church, Dublin 24.


Acoustic Original: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAbbXaYdvBo

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 3:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Fintan, Really sorry to for your loss! I have been off the site for a while and was truly saddened to hear this news! Hope to you are coping ok and sending my thoughts to you and family at this sad time. The interview and last message was really good to hear, both of you have young and vibrate voices and souls. x
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote




Thanks BigErn and thanks to you all for your kind thoughts.

One month today since the shocking, unexpected death of Kathy.

Only the good die young, they say and maybe there's truth in that.

Kathy was unique, special, intelligent, just, wise, loving and good fun.

I spent the last 20 of the very best years of my life in her company.

So my loss must be measured against the wonderful gift of those years.

Thank fu*k no regrets, 'cos I loved her to bits to the best of my ability.

Once we were eternal.

Now we are eternal.

It's all good.

This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2018 3:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have just read this and I am absolutely crushed....and stunned. Fintan I am so very....very sorry. My heart and soul goes out to you and her beautiful family....this is just....Sad.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 8:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks dude. Appreciated.

    Big Boss: .this is just....

Yeah you nailed it.
There are no words for the loss.
Kathy was a force of nature.

But seven weeks in, there is a deepening sense of perspective.
Given a choice between never Kathy and 20 years with Kathy...

I take the twenty years please. And Thanks.

We packed a lot in.
A LOT happened in that twenty years.
Kathy was with it all, thru 9/11 onward.

And speaking of onward.
That's the direction we're headed. Wink

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