Irish Times Obit

Others may have envied her but she felt stifled:

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 Ceili Fitzgerald (33) is the founder of Dare to Live, which offers retreats for women seeking purposeful change and happiness

She spent many years feeling unhappy and unfulfilled, and had to work at finding the self-belief and courage to ask for what she wanted. Others may have looked with envy at her beautiful townhouse and corporate career track in global finance, but Fitzgerald felt stifled. On the outside, she appeared to be a driven young woman, but she didn’t know who she really was. The year 2013 was a very difficult time for her.

So she changed things. It wasn’t an easy ride and meant dealing with a number of emotionally difficult situations. Fitzgerald’s motto was “feel the fear and do it anyway”, and she regarded leaving her HR job to develop the Dare to Live! retreat for womenas her greatest achievement.

Since childhood, Fitzgerald had always wanted a Viking burial, so she got one. Many of her small group of close friends travelled great distances to say goodbye. The burial was held on a clear night under a sky full of stars as music played Gabriel’s Oboe from the film The Mission and Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata.

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