‘I remember that day so well’ Dáithí Ó Sé opens up about the sudden loss of his sister 20 years ago

Dáithí Ó Sé
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Dáithí Ó Sé has opened up about the sudden loss of his sister in 2002.

Two decades on, Dáithí says that her sudden passing was a huge life lesson for him, and something that he knows he will never get over despite the passing of time.

His sister, Deirdre, passed away unexpectedly from heart failure in 2002, aged just 34. Speaking about her loss, Dáithí told the RTE Guide:

“I remember that day so well. And you’re wondering for so long afterwards “how did that happen?”. Now even 20 years later, it’s hard to wrap your head around what happened and I wonder what did happen.”

“But like a lot of things in life, there are no answers so you just have to accept it and move on,” he added.

The presenter says that when you experience grief and make your way through the process the only viable outcome is to eventually continuing with your own life, vowing to live it to the fullest.

“Her ashes are now with Mam back home in Kerry. Time is the only healer and you have to move on with your own life as well, as cruel as that sounds.”

“But that’s life. It stands still for no one so all you can do is remember Deirdre on her birthday, mark her passing and live life as best you can.”

Dáithí also lost his father suddenly in 2013, leaving behind his wife and Dáithí’s dear mother. However, he says that his mother keeps a positive attitude despite her losses.

“The glass is always half full with Mam. With all that’s happening in the world right now, you have to keep a positive outlook and keep smiling”



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