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Maïa Dunphy shares her gratitude for people’s kindness since the loss of her mother

The tv producer spoke on Today FM this morning Pic: Brian McEvoy

Maïa Dunphy has shared her gratitude for people’s kindness since the loss of her mother this week. The documentary maker shared the sad news on Monday that her mother, Helen had passed away. Revealing the news on social media she said that she “can’t believe I’m typing these words, but my darling Mum Helen passed away today.”

Posting to Twitter she said; “We have been blindsided by the kindness of people. I think Covid isolated us all so much, we forgot a little how important being around other people is.”

On a lighter note she jokingly added; “(PS we now have enough cake to sustain the entire French population in revolutionary times).”

In a touching tribute she shared on Monday she said that her mam had passed away from cancer and that she “bore her recent awful illness with the same stoicism she has approached everything in life, and those of you who know her well, will know how much has happened in these last difficult weeks and how she showed concern for everyone else until her last breath.”

“I have been with her every day, and Helen didn’t doubt for a second how much she was loved. She and my Dad, her beloved Tom, are married 50 years this Friday and we will be marking it as if she were here (but without her giving out to us for spending too much on gifts…).”

Speaking about the type of person her mother was, Maïa paid tribute to her saying; “She was a remarkable woman; without pretension and with a very rare self-assuredness that was a testament to all the right choices she made in her life, and the acceptance of things she had no choice over.”

“She was the most dedicated Mum anyone could ever imagine; but even that was exceeded by her devotion to her only grandson. She and my Dad became my family unit again over the last 5 years, and I am so very grateful for their support and how much they loved my little Tom. My Mum was a second Mum to him, and I simply could not have coped without her help. I’m lost without her already. We love you Mama. Sleep well.”

Pic: Brian McEvoy

Many well known faces were quick to share their condolences with Maïa on social media with James Patrice saying; “Oh Maia I’m so so sorry about your lovely Mum” and Rosanna Davison said; “Oh Maia, I’m so sorry to hear it. Sending you lots and lots of love.”

Muireann O’Connell, who lost her own father last year commented; “Ahh Maïa, I am so unbelievably sorry that you’re all having to go through this. I know how much your lovely mother Helen meant to you all. My heart is broken for you.”

Donal Skehan shared his condolences saying; “Ah so sorry to hear that Maia! Sending you all lots of love” as did Georgie Crawford; “I’m so so sorry to hear this Maia. Your mum is beautiful, she’ll always be with you guiding you through life. I can’t imagine your pain. Sending all my love to you.”

Our thoughts are with Maïa and her family at this sad time.

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