Mary, Eithne's mother taught me in my primary school years so I know the Walls family very well. My memories of Eithne are of this smiling little girl with beautiul long dark curly hair, clinging to her father Raymond's leg. I now have a little girl of my own, Robyn, who is almost 3 and she too has long dark curly hair. Everytime I look at Robyn she reminds me so much of Eithne with her curly hair. My heart breaks into a million pieces at the tragic loss of such an angel. Eithne, I know you are in heaven so please look after your mum, dad, sister and brothers. I will continue to talk and pray to you every day. With all my love Linda Minnis (nee Flynn) xx
Visited Paddy and Kathleen last Saturday night. Kathleen looks at your wee card every night. She said "She's so beautiful. I could look at her face forever." You have had such an impact on so many people you will never be forgotten. love Elaine.
I meet Eithne in 2005 in Fiji while traveling. My memory of her is this beautiful girl, with the biggest smile, performing riverdance in the ocean while we watched underwater with our snorkles. Reading her last email from her fills me with sorrow, but i know she still is smiling. She will be missed.
“She said she usually cried at least once each day not because she was sad, but because the world was so beautiful and life so short.” These words on the picture you bought me on your last trip to NYC make me stop and pause as I write this note. What an amazing 28 years you had. While the shock of your death morphs into grief, I struggle to reflect on your life, one that I still can’t fully accept is gone. I look at pictures from our days in Riverdance. I read the cards you gave me for my birthdays and the little notes you left at my dorm when you escaped from the show to stay with my roommates and me. I think of all the times we shared on stage and off. You were an instant friend during rehearsals for our Broadway debut in “Reel Around the Sun.” We bounded over our graduate study plans. And with Starbucks in hand and usually Marty at your hip, we hit Manhattan, even making Marty row us in the lake in Central Park one summer afternoon. Of course on your last day before flying home after the show closed, we went shopping on Canal Street. You needed a fake Luis V! I laugh to myself as I recall your bargaining skills! Oh, Eithne. I cherish your pictures, cards and notes. I’m grateful for our reunion with Marty when both of you just by chance spent an entire week with me. I regret not making another trip to see you, especially after we both spent my last sick with the flu stuck on your couches with the always good Hugh making us tea. I hold tightly to the memories of your last visit with Aifric. What a night we had packing in everything from an art gallery opening to a cheesy 80’s club. My best night ever followed by a beautiful day walking the length of Manhattan along the river…where a few weeks ago Alana and I had our own little memorial for you... In your last email before going to Brazil, you told me you would visit in November. I can’t believe that November will come and go, and I won’t see you then or ever again. I won’t hear you laugh or say “Hi Girlie! I won't get to update you on work and dates after you tell me about your family, ophthalmology, dancing and Hugh. Eithne, you were a friend like no other, always positive, understanding, compassionate and non-judging. You remembered the little and big things about others’ lives in a way to make everyone feel special. You touched so many and lived life to the fullest. You’ll live on as an example of grace, beauty, intelligence, talent and goodness. I’m honored to have known you and to have called you my friend. And now, I can only take comfort in knowing that you’re in heaven looking out for all of us. Rest in peace, dear Eithne. And God help your family and friends cope with losing you. Love you. And miss you like I never imagined. xxT
I knew Ethine through the hospital as i was a student at the time attached to the same team. She was such a nice person and would teach me everything possible. I stayed for only two weeks but the impact she left in me will remain forever. May your soul rest in peace
Eithne Walls was a very special person. She had such an amazing personality. Her warmth, kindness and charity will never be forgotten. I don't think anybody who came into contact with Eithne could have ever spoken an all word about her. She was so talented, and the taking of her life was such a sad and unfair thing to happen. No matter where she is on earth, her spirit is with us. Nothing will ever be able to crush Eithne's smile, Nothing! Eithne, we miss you! xx
My thoughts and prayers are with all of the Walls family and friends at this tragic time.I remember Eithne,as a special person and a fabulous dancer and she will be so greatly missed by all who came in contact with her. My deepest sympathy and Gos bless her. Deirdre Cadwell Cawte