Caitriona Perry has paid tribute to her friend and fellow broadcaster Keelin Shanley on the third anniversary of her death. RTÉ anchor shared a close bond with the journalist after they worked together on The Six One News.
Marking the day as she does every year, Caitriona posted a selfie of the two of them together beaming up at the camera as the wind blew their hair back.
The mum of two captioned the touching tribute to her old friend: ‘Thinking of this legend today. Three years gone already. Always missed. Always loved.’
People in the comments couldn’t believe that three years had passed since the woman who used to give us the headlines had died, penning messages of disbelief.
‘She treated me wonderfully when I did an internship with RTÉ. A terrible loss, can’t believe it’s already been three years,’ wrote fellow journalist Joseph Sexton.
‘Three years, where does the time go? May she rest in peace,’ commented another individual with a third echoing this, writing: ‘What a huge loss.’
Keelin tragically died aged just 51 in St Vincent’s Hospital back on February 8th 2020 after a two-year-long battle against cancer. She left behind her beloved husband Conor Ferguson and their two children.
Keelin had been missing from her Six One news position for a number of months before she died, deciding to keep her illness out of the public eye.
It wasn’t until the release of the RTÉ documentary Keelin Shanley, Far Away, Still Close, back in 2021 did people learn the truth of what the newsreader had been dealing with.
The documentary, which was created by Keelin’s husband Conor Ferguson along with documentary maker Judy Kelly, gave an in-depth look into the life of Keelin, both in her work and her personal life with her journey through cancer.
Viewers were completely moved at seeing some of the last-ever footage taken of Keelin, and the way in which her husband Conor spoke about her, cementing the image of the strong and beautiful person she was during her lifetime.