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The Heart Angel Charity Launch

Updated: Jun 30

NEW CHARITY AIMS TO CREATE HEART ANGEL GARDENS FOR CHILDREN WHO HAVE

DIED IN EVERY COUNTY IN IRELAND


Pictured at the launch of the Heart Angel Charity are Iren & Eoin O'Connor: Béibhinn's parents, alongside Cllr.Fergal Dennehy (Deputising for the Lord Mayor) & Cllr.Seamus McGrath (Deputising for the County Mayor), at the City Hall, 25th June 2021. The Heart Angel is inspired by 9-year-old Béibhinn O’Connor from Cork who died suddenly in September of last year and aims to celebrate and commemorate her life and the lives of other children who have passed away in Ireland. Pic: Siobhan Russell

A new charity has been launched in memory of a young girl who died

suddenly in September of last year. The Heart Angel is inspired by

9-year-old Béibhinn O’Connor from Riverstick and Carrigaline in Cork

and aims to celebrate and commemorate her life and the lives of other

children who have passed away in Ireland.

The Heart Angel was launched at Cork City Hall by Cllr. Fergal

Dennehy, Deputising for the Lord Mayor and Cllr. Séamus McGrath,

Deputising for the County Mayor.

Béibhinn suffered from a rare congenital heart defect, and she passed

away on the 16th of September 2020 after a routine procedure following

open-heart surgery triggered a cardiac arrest.

The Heart Angel charity plans to create beautiful inspiring memory

gardens in every county in Ireland and has already begun working with

local authorities. The first Heart Angel garden is planned for

Carrigaline, Co Cork, a second garden will be created in Cork City

next year.



A special concert to celebrate Béibhinn’s life will also be held on

the 4th of September.

Béibhinn’s mother Irene O’Connor says: “The gardens are inspired by

positivity, kindness, creativity, and colour and will be rolled out

throughout the 26 counties of Ireland in memory of children who

passed. There will be a sculpture in each garden of the ‘Heart Angel’

which will represent children who have died. We want the gardens to be

colourful, uplifting and inspiring to all members of society. We also

want to lift the taboo of speaking about a child’s death and to create

a place where their friends and family can remember them in a positive

light. Béibhinn Hope O’Connor, during her short life, inspired

everyone around her to ‘Be Kind’. She lived everyday like it was her

last and has left behind a powerful legacy of kindness, love and

positivity.”

Cllr. Seamus McGrath says, "I was absolutely delighted to deputise for the County Mayor for this wonderful event. I have so much admiration for Béibhinn's parents, Irene and Eoin, they are truly inspirational people. They are going to create something so positive and special in honour of Béibhinn. The Heart Angel gardens will be amazing and I want to thank all of those involved with Irene and Eoin as well. "


For more information about the Heart Angel charity, please visit the

website www.theheartangel.com

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