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Millie Smyth beside the tree decorated in memory of her 15-year-old sister Robyn in Ellenfield Park in Dublin

Millie Smyth beside the tree decorated in memory of her 15-year-old sister Robyn in Ellenfield Park in Dublin

Millie Smyth beside the tree decorated in memory of her 15-year-old sister Robyn in Ellenfield Park in Dublin

A community has started to decorate a tree in a Dublin park for a brave teenager who lost her 12-year battle against a rare cancer.

Robyn Smyth (15), from Whitehall in Dublin, had been fighting the aggressive cancer, neuroblastoma, since the age of three.

The third-year secondary school student passed away at 7.15am last Thursday surrounded by her family at home.

Her mum, Bernadette Dornan, was by her side every second of her treatment journey, willing her young daughter to have more time.

A tree in Ellenfield Park in north Dublin has been decorated with photos, messages, glass ornaments and a porcelain angel in honour of the brave fighter. One of the messages reads: "I will never forget Robyn - the angel of Whitehall."

A poem about Robyn has also been posted to the tree. "Robyn Smyth. She made broken look beautiful and look invincible. Her bravery knew no end."

The family have said they are "very grateful" for the "thoughtful and lovely" messages left for their daughter.

Mourners

Robyn's funeral Mass was held last Saturday, with hundreds standing in silence and holding balloons along the short route from her home to Whitehall Church, with the cortege being led by a lone piper.

Only 10 people were allowed to attend the Mass but it was live-streamed for the mourners who could not be there.

"We as a family are so thankful to everyone who helped us throughout the years - everything the public did for us meant and means so, so much," Bernadette said.

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Robyn Smyth

Robyn Smyth

Robyn Smyth

"Throughout her life, Robyn just wanted to live. When we were told five years ago by the doctors in Our Lady's Hospital, Crumlin that they could do no more for her - I just couldn't let that happen.

"But Robyn and me got another five years together, to make wonderful memories, experiences and see many new things both here and in the US when she was having her treatment."

A memorial for Robyn will take place at a later date. Donations can be made to Robyn's Life Trust on, robynslife.com.

When Robyn first became ill, she was treated in several Dublin hospitals and at medical facilities in the US including, Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Michigan.

Erin McGregor, sister of UFC fighter Conor, also got involved in charity events to raise awareness of Robyn's cancer fight.

When her chances of survival dropped to 5pc four years ago and her family was told by Irish doctors to bring her home to die, they decided to fundraise to take her to the US for the first time.