Among the thousands of condolences expressed to The Taaffe family on the passing of their brave seven year-old daughter, was a heartfelt message from Brendan O’Carroll.
Leah Taaffe was Mrs Brown’s number one fan and even got to meet the cast on a special visit to the studios last September.
Soon after she passed away in the early hours of January 2, the show producer got in touch with Princess Leah’s aunt, Kym Kelly to pass on their best wishes.
Such was Leah’s infectious personality, she made a lasting impression on the comedian.
“They couldn’t believe it, they were very touched by her,” said Leah’s auntie, Kym Kelly.
Tributes have poured in for Princess Leah, as she came to be affectionately known, and hundreds turned out for her funeral at the Holy Trinity Church, Allen last Saturday, January 4.
The Robertstown girl had captured the hearts of Kildare people, and well wishes flooded in from far and wide as she bravely fought a rare brain tumour.
Following her diagnosis in November 2012, her family mounted a major campaign to secure funding for treatment overseas.
Speaking to the Leader on Monday, Kym said the family were heartbroken but were overwhelmed with the support received.
“We want to try and say thank you to everybody who helped out, and everybody who has sent us messages of support, I’ve got messages from places as far as New Zealand, Australia, Canada, New York, London,” she explained.
Princess Leah was witty and always smiling, despite her illness - and was never so happy than when supporting Kildare footballers.
In fact, the team and former manager Kieran McGeeney attended a special event organised by former Kildare County Council Mayor Spike Nolan to honour their number one fan.
Her short life was celebrated by her fellow Robertstown National School pupils at her funeral by providing a guard of honour and reciting a prayer. Such was the huge swell of solidarity with the Taaffe family, that the Bridgewood Celtic team, Robertstown GAA club, and a group of bikers, who ran rallies in Leah’s name, all contributed guards of honour. Thousands of messages have been posted on the Princess Leah Fund Facebook page with condolences expressed worldwide.