Death Notices

Saoírse Ruane

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Kiltullagh, Athenry, Galway

It is with broken hearts the Ruane family announces the passing of their beautiful daughter and sister, Saoírse, who passed away peacefully at home, after a long illness bravely borne, in the arms of her heartbroken parents, Ollie and Roseanna, on Tuesday, 5th March 2024.

Saoírse, aged just 12 years old, was surrounded, as she has been throughout her illness, by the love, care and devotion of her family, the prayers and goodwill of the community in Kiltullagh and people all over the country who held Saoírse in their hearts.


Predeceased by her grandfather Michael Ruane.

Saoírse, adored daughter to Ollie and Roseanna, big sister to Farrah Rose, half-sister to Rebecca, granddaughter to Anne Ruane and Tony and Ann Brehony, an adored niece, cousin, family member and of course, best friend to Willow and Slush, was loved beyond words and will be missed beyond measure.

A pupil of Kiltullagh National School, Saoírse will be missed but always remembered by her school friends and teachers, who have travelled the road with Saoírse on her journey, and were a source of joy and fun to her.


Saoírse will repose at home on Friday, 8th of March, from 2pm to 8pm.

A bus service will run from the car park at Bullaun Church (H62 YH66) and you are asked to follow the directions of stewards and only attend by using the bus service.

Funeral cortège will arrive on Sunday, 10th March, to St Peter and Paul’s Church, Kiltullagh (H65 KC89) at 1.45pm for Mass for Saoírse at 2pm. Saoírse will be laid to rest in Bullaun Cemetery (H62 YH66) after Mass.


Please respect the privacy of the family on Thursday the 7th, Saturday 9th and Sunday morning 10th of March.

Please be mindful that it is sufficient to offer your sympathy to the family once – be respectful of the families’ grief, in particular on the day of the Mass and afford them the space they deserve and need at this most difficult time.


Family Flowers only.

In Saoírse’s short life, she inspired and influenced so many. If you would like to make a donation in Saoírse’s memory, please donate to the Galway Hospice using the following link: In Memory of Saoírse


Messages of condolence for the family can be left using the link below. In time the family will get to read all of your messages and get comfort from them.


“If ever there comes a time when we can’t be together, Keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever” – Winnie the Pooh

Fly Now with the Angels Saoírse

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  1. Heartbroken at the passing of beautiful Saoirse 💔may god and the angels comfort ye in the days ahead 🙏💔🙏xxxxxx

  2. To all the Ruane family, so sorry that you had to let go of your beautiful daughter Saoirse ❤️. She was such a strong and lovely girl. She will be an angel looking down and minding you from above. May she rest in peace with no more pain and suffering 🙏 💔 I will keep you in my prayers.
    Martina Malone & family. Castlegar

  3. So very sad to hear of Saoíse’s
    death. May she Rest In Heavenly Peace & guide all her beloved family from Heaven.
    A little angel on earth & now an angel in Heaven. Her suffering has ended. She will never be forgotten ♥️
    Martina & Matthew Ronayne

  4. Sincere condolences to all of Saoirse’s family and friends. R. I. P. Saoirse. May God comfort you all at this difficult time 💔💔

  5. Deepest condolences to the Ruane family on the untimely death of lovely Saoirse. She will be always remembered for her courage and the joy she gave to so many people.

  6. She was a source of inspiration to our country, a beautiful, sweet soul. Saoírse will bring you comfort. May she rest in peace in the palm of God

  7. So very sorry to hear of saoirse passing ,I’m deepest symthyes to the family, I will light a candle in knock for saoirse ,may saoirse rest in peace,