Updated: 02/04/18 : 06:30:32
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Family supported as Niamh laid to rest

Members of the public have rallied around a Sligo family after the tragic passing of Niamh Flanagan last week.

The 20-year-old, who had documented her journey on her blog, passed away on Thursday evening after losing her battle with osteosarcoma.

A GoFundMe page was set up seven months ago to raise money for her treatment, but remains open to donations in the aftermath of her death. Now, generous people are flooding the page with donations after the page was made public on social media.

"We have set a goal of €75,000 for all costs involved in this journey for the family," it reads. "If it is a thing we have money left over, we will donate to another very worthy cause with the upmost transparency."

The page has seen a surge in donations since Thursday, with many people writing tributes to the Boyle native.

"Sweet strong amazing Niamh. You inspired so many...even people you never even met. We will miss you forever," wrote Cailin Maguire.

Janelle Arnotte commented:"Our thoughts and prayers goes out to your family and friends, R.I.P Niamh, shine bright over your loved ones."

Niamh was a big fan of radio presenter Doireann Garrihy, who took to Instagram to pay her own touching tribute.

"Her positivity, strength and will to fight was like nothing I’d seen before," she said. "From the day I met her, she became my daily reminder that no matter how bad your situation might be, only you are in control of how you deal with it."

The funeral mass took place on Saturday with burial afterwards in Kilaraght New Cemetery in Boyle.

Our thoughts are with the family during this sad time.