Community bids farewell to brave Keady girl Eva Tomney

December 7, 2015

The town of Keady came to a standstill last Wednesday as it bid farewell to a very brave seven year old whose battle against ill health had captured the hearts of her local community. Little Eva Tomney passed away suddenly last Saturday (28th November),  plunging her devoted family and community into mourning.

The inspirational little girl who developed a rare brain tumour at just four years old was recently the focus of a dedicated fundraising campaign which aimed to raise enough money to buy specialist equipment necessary to aid her recovery from the devastating effects of chemotherapy treatment.

Having undergone a major operation to remove the tumour and undergoing nine months of intensive chemotherapy followed by radiotherapy and two stem cell transplants, Eva was discharged from hospital cancer-free in June 2013  Shortly afterwards the little girl’s body began to slow down and doctors confirmed that her body’s functions, physical ability and general wellbeing had been dealt a number of blows as a result of the high levels of toxicity from the chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment which helped to save her life.

With Eva now confined to a wheelchair, her family embarked on a fundraising campaign to secure equipment which would enhance their daughter’s physical development and help her walk again.  In conjunction with the iCare Wish charity, the community took Eva’s Journey Back to Walking to their hearts and a host of fundraisers followed, including a fun run and walk around the family’s home town of Keady.

Thousands of pounds were raised in a matter of weeks for the brave Keady girl.  Tragically, Eva passed away on Saturday, leaving her family, friends and wider community devastated.

The beloved daughter of Kellie and Paddy, and sister to Paddy, was laid to rest on Wednesday.  Hundreds of mourners thronged the streets to pay their respects as Eva’s pink coffin left the home of her grandparents, Brendan and Geraldine Toal, at Fairgreen Estate, arriving at Newry Christian Centre for prayers, before returning to St Patrick’s Church in Keady for 1pm Funeral Mass and burial in the adjoining cemetery.

The brave little girl was remembered lovingly by her family as “boisterous, bubbly and witty”, and described by her aunt as their “hero”.