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Robyn Smyth’s mum Bernadette and aunts Caroline and Cathy plant the tree on Larkhill Green

Robyn Smyth’s mum Bernadette and aunts Caroline and Cathy plant the tree on Larkhill Green

Robyn Smyth’s mum Bernadette and aunts Caroline and Cathy plant the tree on Larkhill Green

A cherry tree has been planted in memory of a brave Dublin teenager who battled a rare cancer for most of her life.

Bernadette Dornan's daughter Robyn Smyth (15), who suffered from neuroblastoma, captured the hearts of the nation with her determination to fight the deadly disease.

Robyn, from Whitehall, who was diagnosed with the cancer in September 2007, died at home last April surrounded by her family.

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Despite her grief, Bernadette has vowed to set-up a research centre to help find a cure for the disease.

Yesterday, the tree was planted at Whitehall's Lark- hill Green.

A bench was also dedicated to the teenager's memory, with the inscription: "She made broken look beautiful and strong look invincible. Her bravery knew no ends."

Speaking on behalf of Robyn's family, her aunt Cathy said: "The reason why we chose to plant the tree on the green was because it was the centre of everything for Robyn.

"When she was born, she came home to her grandad's house on Glendun Road, she went to school in the Holy Child here in Larkhill and played many times on the green with her cousins.

"When Robyn got sick, this place was the centre of great support from everyone in Whitehall, Ballymun and surrounding areas.

"Everyone came together to help fundraise.

"Robyn just wanted to be a normal child. She always wanted to be doing something.

"She liked going to the beach, collecting stones, planting flowers and loved the beauty of nature.

"The cherry blossom tree was Robyn's favourite."

The family have asked for donations to continue to be made to Robyn's Life Trust at robynslife.com as they aim to set up a research centre into childhood cancer, the first in Ireland.