Anti-abortion groups in Ireland vowed to continue their fight to protect existing abortion laws and the rights of the unborn child despite an apparent referendum setback. It was a comprehensive verdict, with 66.4% voting in favour of the amendment.
Years later, residents of Ireland have not forgotten her and her struggle.
She said the church had in recent weeks taken a "quiet" stand against repeal, but hadn't been able to sway people.
"I feel very emotional", she said. Since 1981 the number of practicing Catholics have dropped by around 15 percent.
Purcell, who voted for the repeal, said he and his girlfriend spent about $750 to fly back for a few days to make sure they could cast votes.
In the Sunday Independent, Jody Corcoran said the big pro-choice vote "maximises to a visceral, guttural roar what must amount to be a demand to end decades of hypocrisy and shame". "Not an Eighth Amendment issue".
"Our campaign does not end with the referendum, but when the government properly supports the mother and child", it said. Mr Varadkar said he expected the new law to be passed by parliament within six months.
Newspapers reflected on the historic vote.
Many went online to share their flight itineraries, and some tweeted photos taken with like-minded voters at airports - most wearing the "Repeal" sweatshirts that became the symbol of the prevailing sentiment.
Writing in The Sunday Times, columnist Una Mullally said: "The fiction of Ireland as a conservative, dogmatically Catholic country has been shattered".
The vote leaves many across the country and the world wondering what comes next, and what this means on a practical level for the Irish people.
Yes voters celebrate as the result of the Irish referendum on the 8th amendment concerning the country's abortion laws is declared.
He said being pro-life means being alongside those whose lives are threatened by violence, and who can not live life to the full because of economic deprivation, homelessness and marginalisation.
In notes for a homily delivered at Maynooth, Dr Martin said the Church is seen by many as somehow lacking in compassion despite being called to bring to society a Jesus who is full of mercy and compassion.
"The day we came of age as a country".
"We're really a tiny place, there's not that many of us and we can only shout loud now". Lawmakers who campaigned for a "No" vote said they would not seek to block the government's plans to allow abortions with no restriction up to 12 weeks into a pregnancy. The once conservative nation voted "yes" to repeal a constitutional ban on abortion.
The outcome was a historic victory for women's' rights in a traditionally Catholic country. Making abortion legal in only the first trimester will still allow most Irish women who want an abortion to obtain one in their home country, instead of traveling to nearby England.