I'm sad to report that Nóirín Plunkett has passed away. Many in the Perl community knew them as a speaker and participant at YAPC::NA 2012 in Madison, Wisconsin, and YAPC::EU 2012 in Frankfurt, Germany, as well as other conferences including Open Source Bridge, OSCON, and ApacheConf.
Nóirín was passionate about open source, open documentation, and open community. In addition to their leadership within the Apache Software Foundation and the Ada Initiative, they were also a contributor to Perl v5.14. Most importantly, they were a friend and advocate to many in the open source and tech communities.