June “Irish” Gallagher


A bright shining light to all who knew her, Irish Gallagher was a devoted daughter and loving sister to 8 siblings. She was a beloved wife to her husband of nearly 60 years and an adored mother and “PR Chief” to her 6 children.

Irish was also a fighter! Always cheerful and optimistic, she bravely battled Multiple Myeloma for 16 years (!) and was expertly cared for by many medical professionals and caring nursing assistants over many years – all of whom she drew into her family circle.

Irish and her care team were also the original “VIP patient/caregivers” who inspired the idea of Sailing Heals. Mom loved the mission of Sailing Heals so much. She followed most of our sails virtually and never tired of hearing about the stories or sharing photos with her friends in Nebraska. We were delighted mom was able to attend a few sails in person, where she enjoyed meeting many other brave cancer fighters and loving caregivers.

May you rest in peace and pain-free, with your heavenly family, beautiful lady!


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