An inspirational woman who will be missed by all

By Mary Dennehy

A HOLE has been left in the hearts of the family of ground-breaking Tallaght innovator Jemma Redmond, whose life was remembered and celebrated at her funeral Mass in St Maelruain’s Church recently.

Growing up in Springfield, Jemma (38) – who was the founder and CEO of Cork-based, award-winning tech company, Ourobotics – passed away suddenly on Tuesday, August 16.

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A former student of St Mark’s Community School, Jemma was on the verge of ground-breaking technology with Ourobotics’ 3D bioprinter, which is being programmed to print human tissue.

Speaking to The Echo from the family home in Springfield, Jemma’s mother Lorraine said: “We’re going to miss Jemma terribly. Her family is heartbroken and her loss has left a hole in all of our hearts.”

She added: “Jemma was always full of great ideas and always wanted to do something different, she really was an inspiration.

“The impact that she had in her career and on those she worked with was incredible, and her family was really moved by the amount of people who turned up at her funeral.

“We have had so many thoughtful cards, messages and kind words in the past few days and we can’t thank people enough.”
Jemma’s funeral Mass was held in St Maelruain’s last Friday, August 19, after which she was buried on the grounds of the Tallaght Village church.

Canon William Deverell, who delivered the service, said: “Jemma was at the front of her field and while her work was very important to her, so too were relationships – and this was very clear by the number of people who came to celebrate her life last Friday. From talking with family and friends, Jemma’s sense of humour came up a lot and many were sharing memories of a very funny person, who had tons of humour.

“While a sad occasion, the funeral was a celebration of Jemma’s life and the impact she had – and will continue to have.”

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