Belfast Telegraph

Heartache as Siobhan McCann loses cancer battle

Siobhan McCann, who died at home on Monday
Siobhan McCann, who died at home on Monday
Andrew Madden

By Andrew Madden

A Co Down community has been plunged into sadness after a young woman lost her battle with cancer.

Siobhan McCann (26), from the village of Clanvaraghan outside Castlewellan, passed away peacefully at her home on Monday evening, surrounded by family.

Ms McCann, a keen GAA player, had been diagnosed with colorectal cancer while working as a physiotherapist in Fulham in April 2018.

She moved home to be with her family while undergoing treatment.

Three months later she was told the cancer had spread to her liver and surgery was no longer an option.

The Co Down community rallied around to support Ms McCann, raising more than £110,000 to fund life-prolonging treatment through a series of events.

Following her passing, St John's GAC, Drumnaquoile, for whom she played, paid a heartfelt tribute to the Co Down woman on social media.

"Often in sad times such as the passing of someone we loved we are alone in our grief and we need to be with others who loved that person as much as we did," they said.

"As a mark of the person that Siobhan was and the esteem her and her family are held in, we are already receiving a huge number of messages of support and offers of help."

Friends of Ms McCann also took to social media to pay their respects, describing her as a "beautiful girl with an amazing heart".

"A wonderful girl taken many, many years too soon.

"Your wonderful personality and radiant smile will live forever in the hearts and memories of those who knew you," one friend wrote.

"We have all lost a very special one this evening as she touched so many in such a positive way in her short time with us," said another.

Chris Hazzard, Sinn Fein MP for South Down, said: "Very sad to hear of the passing of Siobhan McCann this evening - deepest sympathy to the McCann family and everyone at St John's GAC who will be devastated at this heartbreaking news."

A funeral notice for Siobhan McCann read: "Peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family, Siobhan, dearly beloved daughter of Brendan and Geraldine and devoted sister of Grainne and Ciaran and cherished sister-in-law of Mark Seenan R.I.P."

Her funeral service will be held at St Mary of The Angels Church in Clanvaraghan at 2pm tomorrow, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

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