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Ireland ‘I’ve had a wonderful life’ Keelin Shanley told family before passing away

08:55  13 february  2020
08:55  13 february  2020 Source:   independent.ie

Keelin Took Tough News Job, Despite Terminal Diagnosis

  Keelin Took Tough News Job, Despite Terminal Diagnosis Tributes have been paid to RTÉ news journalist Keelin Shanley who lost her long battle with breast cancer on Saturday. The 51-year-old mother of two had been a co-presenter on the station’s flagship TV news programme Six One until last May, when she took leave so she could concentrate on her health and her young family.Ms Shanley died just days after celebrating her 20th wedding anniversary with her husband Conor. Ms Shanley and her RTÉ news colleague Caitríona Perry made Irish broadcasting history in 2018 when they became the first women to be appointed as joint presenters of the evening news programme.

Shortly before she passed away , RTE broadcaster Keelin Shanley talked with her husband about the recent spate of bereavements in the organisation. Keelin ’ s was a life well-lived, Conor told mourners, including her father Derry, her step-mother June, her four siblings and wide circle of family

She spoke of Keelin ’ s “positivity, her zest for living every minute of life to the full.” “ Keelin was a woman of enormous humour, intelligence, talent and In a heartfelt and humorous tribute to his big sister, Ms Shanley ’ s brother Eoin said that Keelin told him a week ago: “ I have had a wonderful life .”

Shortly before she passed away last Saturday, RTÉ broadcaster Keelin Shanley (51) had a conversation with her husband Conor Ferguson about the recent spate of bereavements in the organisation. "Gay Byrne, Marian Finucane, Larry Gogan...who's going to give a crap about me?" she joked. Quite a few people, as it turned out. 

Everyone from Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to President Michael D Higgins to all her many friends and colleagues in the RTÉ newsroom and her old school pals from Loreto College poured into St Paul's Church in Glenageary to pay their final respects in a humanist ceremony.

Funeral of RTÉ broadcaster Keelin Shanley takes place in Dublin

  Funeral of RTÉ broadcaster Keelin Shanley takes place in Dublin Funeral of RTÉ broadcaster Keelin Shanley takes place in Dublin © Brian Lawless PA Images The coffin is removed from the church following the funeral of journalist and broadcaster Keelin Shanley.

I ' ve had a wonderful life , The Lord' s been so good to me. I ' ve had a wonderful life , If tomorrow I never see. If I have no more blessings in store, I'll

Miriam O'Callaghan has told of her grief following the passing of her dear friend and colleague Keelin Shanley . " Keelin Shanley , a wonderful colleague, may she rest in peace." Ms Shanley grew up in She worked for a period as a researcher before her career in broadcasting, which began with

Leading the mourners was her heartbroken husband and their two young children Lucy (13) and Ben (10) who had clearly inherited their mum's composure in the face of such a devastating loss. Hers was a life well-lived, Conor told mourners in the packed church, which included her dad Derry, her step-mum June, her four siblings and a wide circle of family and friends. 

Michael McLachlan, Michael D. Higgins in uniform: President Michael D Higgins (second right) and his wife Sabina (right) leave the church following the funeral of journalist and broadcaster Keelin Shanley at St Paul's Church, Glenageary, Co Dublin. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire © Patrick Lennon President Michael D Higgins (second right) and his wife Sabina (right) leave the church following the funeral of journalist and broadcaster Keelin Shanley at St Paul's Church, Glenageary, Co Dublin. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire She never once betrayed any sense of hopelessness or self-pity in the face of a devastating diagnosis, but carried on with her huge zest for life and indomitable spirit - even when her cancer cruelly returned for a second time in 2016. She never expressed anger or bitterness. She just wanted to "stay in the moment" and get on with it.

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  'There is a cloud over us today': Tributes to Keelin Shanley from heartbroken RTÉ colleagues The presenter would have been in the thick of general election coverage, her colleagues said.Colleagues have also been paying tribute to her on the airwaves, with Rachael English and Sean O’Rourke speaking about their sadness over her death on the Today With Sean O’Rourke show. “If Keelin was still with us she’d be here today and she’d be in the thick of [general election reporting] and she’d be loving every last minute of it,” said English, who described Keelin as intelligent, honest, and a “wonderful, warm, funny colleague”.

“ Tell them I ' ve had a wonderful life .”

The funeral details have been announced for late RTE broadcaster Keelin Shanley , who will be laid to rest after a church ceremony on Wednesday. Her body is currently reposing at her family home and there will be a “celebration” of her life at St Paul’ s Church in Glenageary before cremation at Mount

There was also a "really strange and dark irony" that she first received news of her cancer on general election day in 2011 and she slipped away peacefully on the same day as the 2020 General Election. "She would have kind of smiled at that," Conor said.

She never gave up her fight against the illness, even up to the end. A few weeks ago, she booked a hotel in Wexford for them to go with the kids during the upcoming mid-term next week so she could have one final swim in the sea. It wasn't to be. But ever the pragmatist, she duly reminded him last Thursday to cancel the booking just before she died.

The coffin is removed from the church following the funeral of journalist and broadcaster Keelin Shanley at St Paul's Church, Glenageary, Co Dublin. © Press Association The coffin is removed from the church following the funeral of journalist and broadcaster Keelin Shanley at St Paul's Church, Glenageary, Co Dublin. Conor said that it had been "a long road with a pretty obvious end to it". He described cancer as a "strange illness" with lots of setbacks, but also lots of high points too. He said they felt lucky to get any extra time with her and when they went to the US to check out a revolutionary drugs trial, they splashed out and decided to fly first class for the first time. 

Tributes paid to RTE News presenter and mum-of-two Keelin Shanley who passes away aged 51 after brave cancer battle

  Tributes paid to RTE News presenter and mum-of-two Keelin Shanley who passes away aged 51 after brave cancer battle The talented Dublin broadcaster defied pain to present the Six One newsRTE managing Director Jon Williams posted on Twitter: "With heaviest of hearts, just announced that our friend Keelin Shanley died today.

Keelin passed away from cancer aged 51Credit: Handout. And speaking the for the first time since the death of the Six One News presenter, he revealed that He told the Irish Daily Star: "It was sunny, just before the storm rolled in and she looked happy and she looked very peaceful. "You just have to let

The devastated husband of RTE broadcaster Keelin Shanley has revealed how in her final moments she was both happy and peaceful. He said: “It was sunny, just before the storm rolled in and she looked happy and she looked very peaceful. “You just have to let that be enough, I suppose, and not

"We felt like Liz Taylor and Richard Burton," he smiled. "That one last adventure was probably enough for her." She was a force of nature who felt that she had lived a full life and was especially proud of their two children Ben and Lucy, whom they had "waited so long for". A trained biochemist, she believed that science dictates there's a pattern to life but that some things, like her cancer returning, are "just f***ing random". 

Despite her globe-trotting days in their early youth, she loved home best of all and adored their "ramshackle house" in Dún Laoghaire that she had so lovingly restored. "The last couple of months, she was in bed and would look out the window at this tree outside and watch the seasons changing. She was wondering, which season would be her last? She was gratified to have made it to spring," he said. 

The coffin is removed from the church following the funeral of journalist and broadcaster Keelin Shanley at St Paul's Church, Glenageary, Co Dublin. © Brian Lawless/PA Wire/PA Images The coffin is removed from the church following the funeral of journalist and broadcaster Keelin Shanley at St Paul's Church, Glenageary, Co Dublin. Her children brought up emblems of her life which included a gold statue bunny from Paris along with a blue swimming hat that represented her love for swimming in the Forty Foot. 

Husband pays tribute to ‘determined and warm-hearted’ Keelin Shanley at funeral

  Husband pays tribute to ‘determined and warm-hearted’ Keelin Shanley at funeral The 51-year-old broadcaster died at her home on Saturday following an illness. Among those attending her funeral in Dublin was President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, as well as her colleagues at RTE.The humanist funeral service took place at St Paul’s Church, Glenageary.

She was pre-deceased by her mum Orna Shanley . The fourth well-know RTE broadcaster to pass away in less than four months, many of her friends and colleagues from Keelin hailed from a family of medics and scientists and originally planned on following suit, having studied Biochemistry at TCD.

RTÉ have announced that Keelin Shanley passed away this afternoon. The 51 year old had been Keelin Had a Wide Range of Skills. She grew up in Monkstown, and worked for the public service "" Her legacy of over 20 years journalism with RTÉ saw her help tell the stories of so many often

When she had first learned her cancer was back in 2016, she stunned her RTÉ friend Niamh O'Connor by saying she was going into Montrose to collect her post. When asked if she was sure it was the right thing to do, she replied: "Yes, RTÉ makes me feel calm." 

Her job was "hugely important" to Keelin and she was grateful for the opportunities it afforded her. Her loyalty was reciprocated when despite her diagnosis of stage 4 cancer, RTÉ "took a chance on her" by giving her the prime presenting gig of the 'Six One News' alongside Caitríona Perry.

The order of service ahead of the funeral of journalist and broadcaster Keelin Shanley at St Paul's Church, Glenageary, Co Dublin. © Brian Lawless/PA Wire/PA Images The order of service ahead of the funeral of journalist and broadcaster Keelin Shanley at St Paul's Church, Glenageary, Co Dublin. Her brother Eoin recalled a bossy, older sister who introduced him to musical greats like The Cure and The Smiths and could read an entire Enid Blyton book before bed. She adored Conor and idolised their two children and never had any regrets about how things turned out. Just a week before her passing, she turned to him and said: "I've had a wonderful life." 

Liam Ó Maonlaí sang The Waterboys' classic 'This is the Sea', while Steve Wall sang 'Perfect Day' as her coffin left the church to be brought to Mount Jerome for cremation.

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