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Friday 20 October 2017

Sudden death of Lou on flight from Lourdes

SAOIRSE MCGARRIGLE

A PILGRIMAGE to Lourdes ended in heartbreak for a Wexford family when Lourdes (Lou) Kearney passed away on the flight home from the south of France.

Lou took ill and collapsed on board her homebound flight to Dublin Airport.

Attempts to resuscitate Lou, aged 67, by two doctors on board the flight were sadly unsuccessful.

An ambulance was waiting on the runway when the plane touched down and rushed her to Beaumont Hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival. FAMILY AND FRIENDS of Lourdes ( Lou) Kearney, Pinewood, who passed away on Monday evening are still coming to terms with her untimely death.

The retired civil servant died suddenly whilst flying home from a pilgrimage in France with a family member.

Lou, had ' brushed with serious illness a few times' according to one family member who described her as courageous in her battle against both breast cancer and a serious heart condition in recent years.

She was said to have been in ' great form' recently and was given a clear bill of health to travel.

George, a close companion, explained that he spoke with Lou just the day before she flew out from France.

' She seemed in good form, her only complaint was that her leg was a bit sore', said George.

Lou had previously had a vein remove from her leg and relocated to her heart during major cardiac surgery.

George continued, ' I presumed it was just because she had done a huge amount of walking and travelling that that was bothering her'.

The family believes that there was no indication that Lou had been feeling unwell prior to her collapsing.

'As far as we know she walked to the bathroom by herself and just collapsed all of a sudden', said George.

Her death has shocked those around her who believed that Lou had been in far better health recently than she had been in a long time.

In the difficult months that lie ahead he will take comfort in knowing that Lou had achieved one of her life time goals.

Lou not only had an affinity to travel to Lourdes because she shared with it the same name, she had been there almost 50 years ago on a Girl Guide camp and had always talked about returning.

' I am glad that she made this trip just before she died,' he said.

George and Lou had shared plenty of wonderful holidays together and as soon as Lou had been given the all clear by the doctor to travel again she set about planning another holiday for them to their favourite resort, Corfu.

' I know everyone loves holidays but it was something that Lou really enjoyed even after being so ill she was determined to get up and go again', said George.

Lou had undergone both a mastectomy and major heart surgery in the last three years.

Her family are immensely proud of the manner in which she overcame such serious illness and never lost her zest for life.

' Swimming at St. Helen's bay was her absolute favourite thing', said George.

Lou was the daughter of John Kearney, originally from Drogheda, County Louth, and Mary Kearney ( nee Kehoe) from Wexford.

Lou is survived by her sister Veronica ( Vonnie) and many cousins from far and near.

Funeral arrangements are as follows: Reposing at Mulligans in the Faythe before removal to Clonard Church at 6p. m. this evening.

Burial after 12noon mass at St. Ibar's Cemetery in Crosstown.

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