Stirring stories of plucky mums who fought death and illness with true love

    A happy Brennan family on a visit to Dublin Zoo only days before six year old Jack, back row, third from left, died so tragically

    By Jimmy Rhatigan

    TODAY, The Reporter introduces readers to two of our most courageous women.
    The loving mothers have been through the wringer of life. Both are to launch their first books to relate the heartstring-tugging stories, warts and all.

    A captivating paperback about the loss of a loved one, which city woman Roseann Brennan describes as theraputic, is titled Mammy I Don’t Want to Die. The brave women have battled back from the brink. Roseann has been through Hell and High Water.  She lost a six year old son in a car accident and ended up in a psychiatric ward. Her marriage was on the rocks following a bombshell tragedy that rocked the loving Brennan family.

    Mother of three, Joyce Keating, came here from Athy to set up home four years ago so that her sons could attend Coláiste Pobal Osraí. Then came a kick in the teeth. Joyce was told that she would need open heart surgery. An operation involved getting a new heart valve and an aorta root replacement as she had an aneurysm on what is the largest artery in the body.

    After losing her loving son Jake, Roseann’s life was in tatters. It was a shattering experience for her entire family. But, with the support of her husband and children, she decided she had to tell her story. 

    Aim is for not for profit or publicity but to know that Jake, whom, she fondly calls ‘our little man’ will still be touching hearts even though he is in Heaven.