Tributes paid to Cork mum Marie Downey and newborn son Darragh


Tributes have been pouring in for Marie Downey and her newborn son Darragh who both tragically passed away at Cork University Hospital this week.

The harrowing deaths of the new mum and her baby boy have stunned the public. The family of Marie are now experiencing the heaviest heartache at what was meant to be a joyous time for them.

Marie leaves behind her beloved husband Kieran and her darling boys and baby Darragh’s big brothers James and Sean, as well as her parents, extended family and friends.

Parish Priest Fr. Eamon Kelleher has led the tributes since the untimely passing of both Marie and Darragh.

Zara King reported that he said that this tragedy is felt by the whole parish of Kildorrery. “I want to acknowledge that the whole community is gathered in prayer. Kieran and the boys are surrounded in Knockanevin with great affection and spiritual empathy.”

Douglas Camogie Club also paid tribute to Marie who played for the club for many years.

“We are deeply saddened to announce the tragic passing of our former player Marie Downey and her baby Darragh. Our thoughts and sympathies are with their family and friends at this deeply distressing time.”

One friend told the Irish Independent: “It's unbelievable, she was a gorgeous girl. She had a heart of gold, she was very caring."

Marie and her baby boy will be laid to rest on Saturday, March 30. Our thoughts are with their family and friends during this tragic time.