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Tuesday 22 January 2019

Ann is with Rachel now - Callaly family tribute

RACHEL O'REILLY'S family have paid a moving tribute to their second daughter lost in tragic circumstances, saying that she is "with Rachel now".

Ann Callaly (32) passed away peacefully in her home in Whitehall yesterday morning, surrounded by friends and family, just two weeks before the anniversary of Rachel's murder.

Her parents Jim and Rose are heartbroken by her death, but the family believe that Ann is together with Rachel.

Ann's brother Paul described how she bravely battled eye cancer and was determined until the last.

"Ann was 32 and she spent the last two and a half years fighting this thing," he said.

"She never once let it enter her mind that it would beat her, but she's with Rachel now."

A funeral notice in today's Herald said that her loss is "deeply regretted by her loving parents, brothers Declan Paul and Anthony" and extended family and friends.

Rachel was murdered by husband Joe O'Reilly at her home in The Naul in October 2004 and Ann was a pillar of support for Jim and Rose throughout the trial in January 2008.

But not long after O'Reilly was convicted, Ann discovered that she had a tumour behind her eye.

Rose said that Ann was "an example to all of us" and she spoke of her gratitude for the medical team who cared for her daughter in recent months.

Ann passed away shortly after 5am yesterday morning.

Removal on Monday will be from her home to the Church of the Holy Child, Whitehall for 10 o'clock Mass followed by funeral to Fingal Cemetery, Balggriffin, where her older sister Rachel was laid to rest.

clairemurphy@herald.ie

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