Tears as Jasmine (18) is laid to rest

The late Jasmine Halligan.

The late Jasmine Halligan.

WARM tributes have been paid to Jasmine Halligan from Gracedieu Heights, Waterford whose untimely death occurred last week.
Jasmine, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour in September 2015, died on Wednesday last June 21st.
After reposing at her residence on Thursday last, Jasmine’s Requiem Mass took place on Friday at 11am in St. Saviour’s Church, Ballybeg, with burial afterwards in Kilbarry Cemetery.
Her sister Jayde said her family are devastated following Jasmine’s death.
“Jasmine was sick for almost two years. She had been through so much , but every day she still managed to keep a smile on her face for everyone even though she would be hiding her pain and not wanting to tell people about it,” she said.
“There’s a big part of our lives missing now that Jasmine has passed away. It’s a part that can never be fixed or replaced. Our family chain is broken and there’s a link missing. We are devastated. People tell us it will get easier but we all know ourselves that we will never get over this.”
Since Jasmine’s diagnosis, family and friends rallied around in her support in a remarkable show of community spirit and organised many different fundraising events.
In May 2016, the Tony Caulfield Memorial Run took place in Carbally in support of Jasmine.
A huge crowd of supporters attended, including many of Jasmine’s family members and friends, and Jasmine was also in attendance herself.
In March of this year, more than 20 boxers (who had underwent training at Raging Bulls Combat Gym over a number of weeks) participated in a white collar boxing night at Waterford Crystal Sports & Leisure Centre.
They have all given up their time voluntarily to be part of the special event for Jasmine.
A large crowd attended the event on the night, including Jasmine and her family members.
This fundraiser helped enable Jasmine and her family to travel to Lourdes recently.
Jasmine enjoyed her trip to Lourdes but sadly became very ill while there and was hospitalised.
Jayde said her family have always been very appreciative of all the help and support which was shown to them since Jasmine’s illness began.
“The support which my family has received since Jasmine’s illness began has been brilliant. A lot of people wanted to do a lot of different things in order to help Jasmine in whatever way they could. People have been so nice,” she said.

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