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Funeral details for 'courageous' Dublin woman Orla Church who died after receiving false smear test results announced

Irish Mirror logoIrish Mirror 20/01/2019 Edel Hughes
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The funeral details for a tragic Irishwoman who died from cancer after receiving false smear test results have been announced.

Orla Church, 55, from Beaumont, North Dublin, passed away at the Mater Private Hospital on Saturday following a battle with the illness.

A funeral notice on RIP.ie reads: "Beloved daughter of Charlie and Maureen, loving sister of Eimear, Ian, Una, Áine, and David, cherished aunt to Stephen, Ciara, Alexandra, Darragh, Ellen, Rachel, Matthew, Sofia, Gabrielle, Ruby, Charlie and Callum.

"Sadly missed by her loving parents, sisters, brothers, sisters-in-law Marjorie and Concepta, brothers-in-law Fergal, Niall and Mark, nieces, nephews, Aunts Sadie, Astrid and Marie, relatives and friends."

A wake will be held for Orla at the Kirwan Funeral Home, Fairview Strand on Monday, January 21, from 5pm to 7pm with family in attendance.

A Requiem Mass will take place at the Church of Our Lady of Consolation, Donnycarney on Tuesday (January 22nd) arriving at 11.20am for 11.30am Requiem Mass followed by burial at Balgriffin Cemetery.

The funeral details for a tragic Irishwoman who died from cancer after receiving false smear test results have been announced. © Getty The funeral details for a tragic Irishwoman who died from cancer after receiving false smear test results have been announced.

The 221+ CervicalCheck Patient Support Group led tributes to Orla yesterday, with a statement which read: “We have just learned with great sadness of the death of Orla Church.

“We offer deepest sympathy to her entire family and friends at this very difficult and sad time. Many of us got to meet and know Orla in the past months and she was just such a wonderfully courageous, strong and inspiring person. 

“She campaigned tirelessly on behalf of all us affected by the CervicalCheck debacle and we are and will continue to be so grateful to her for this outstanding work."

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Campaigner Stephen Teap, who lost his wife Irene to cervical cancer, also offered his condolences.

He tweeted: "Very sad to hear of Orla's passing. Another brave woman leaves us on the back of this cervicalcheckdebacle. My deepest sympathies to all of Orla's family. 221plus."

Ms Church's death comes as another member of the group, Vicky Phelan, hit out at the Taoiseach last week over his lack of action following the CervicalCheck scandal, calling him “all talk and no action”.

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