12 year old Sarah Crowe, who lost her fight with Alpers disease this week.

This week the people of Kilfinane were mourning the loss of a very special little girl, as Sarah Crowe lost her battle with a rare disease and passed away on Tuesday last.

The 12-year-old was diagnosed with Alpers disease, a progressive neurological disorder in 2007.

Sarah was well known and loved by the people of Kilfinane, the pupils and staff in Scoil Fhionain and all those who met her. She fought a brave fight against the disease, but sadly passed away at her home in Treada na Ri in the presence of her parents Dave and Mary, brother Jimmy and cousins.

People from the community praised Dave and Mary for how they looked after Sarah and social media was flooded with comments describing her as ‘a little fighter’, ‘a brave girl’, ‘an inspiration’ and many said that ‘heaven has now gained a beautiful angel’.

Sarah was reposed at the family home on Wednesday evening. Removal is scheduled to take place this Thursday for the funeral service in St Andrew’s Church at 11am and she will be laid to rest in the local cemetery afterwards.

Deepest sympathy is expressed to Sarah’s parents Dave and Mary, brother Jimmy and the extended Crowe and Hennessy families.

May she rest in peace.