Anne was de­voted to her fam­ily

Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS -

ANNE MUR­PHY late of Clon­leigh, Palace, was a woman whose pas­sion for the GAA and all sport, was only sur­passed by the love and de­vo­tion she showed for her fam­ily.

Anne (née Byrne) passed away peace­fully af­ter a lengthy ill­ness on Septem­ber 26. She grew up in Tem­pleudi­gan, one of six chil­dren, Pat, Mogue, Martin, Mary and the late Mike. Anne at­tended Tem­pleudi­gan NS and St Mary’s Se­condary School. She qual­i­fied as a nurse in Dublin and worked in St Pa­trick’s Hospi­tal, Dublin, be­fore mar­ry­ing her late hus­band Jay and set­tling in Clon­leigh. Jay was the brother-in-law to her brother Pat. Jay would pick up Anne from the train sta­tion ev­ery week to drive her to Tem­pleudi­gan be­fore they were mar­ried, on March 19, 1961, in Tem­pleudi­gan. They had five chil­dren, John, Larry, Cather­ine, Ciarán and Derek. A woman of great faith who was de­voted to Our Lady, Anne reg­u­larly trav­elled to Lough Derg, Our Lady’s Is­land and to Knock. Anne even trav­elled to Lough Derg this year for a day re­treat such was her be­lieve in her faith. From her youth GAA was a driv­ing pas­sion for Anne whose brother Martin played with Wex­ford in the 1970s. Anne loved all sports and al­ways had Sky Sports on. She never missed a match her son Larry played and rev­elled in his suc­cess with the county team, in­clud­ing the 1996 hero­ics and loved Clough­bawn GAA Club and was talk­ing about them right up to her last breath, even though she was a Rath­nure woman by birth. Anne was very proud of her daugh­ter Cather­ine who fol­lowed in her foot­steps by be­com­ing a nurse and was very proud of all her chil­dren’s achieve­ments. She was an avid reader of the daily news­pa­pers and kept up to speed with cur­rent af­fairs and would of­ten be found read­ing news ar­ti­cles on her tablet or smart­phone. Anne had many thoughts on the Amer­i­can Pres­i­den­tial Can­di­dacy and couldn’t stand Don­ald Trump and of­ten re­marked on his calami­tous pres­i­dency. She loved na­ture and would of­ten vis­ited many gardens and gar­den cen­tres across the south east, her favourite gar­den be­ing that of her son-in-law Paul’s. Anne was also a great baker who en­joyed bak­ing brown bread but it was her Christ­mas cakes and pud­dings that Anne will be dearly missed for.

A kind and loyal friend and neigh­bour, Anne had a great friend­ship in her neigh­bours Ea­mon, Toddy and Mary, but mostly her fond­ness for Wil­lie Byrne, who was Anne and Jay’s neigh­bour for over 47 years.

Anne loved go­ing for a drive, es­pe­cially around the Hook Penin­sula and had planned to travel to San Fran­cisco for her 70th in Jan­uary to visit her son, John. She also en­joyed vis­it­ing Kerry where her son Ciarán works in ho­tel man­age­ment.

Anne also en­joyed lis­ten­ing to the ra­dio and was glued to South East Ra­dio ev­ery day, in­clud­ing to sports re­ports. Af­ter rear­ing her chil­dren and on the re­tire­ment of Jay, she re­turned to work at the Com­mu­nity Hospi­tal in New Ross. Sadly Anne fell ill, months into her well de­served re­tire­ment.

Anne’s eight grand­chil­dren were a con­stant source of pride and joy for her. She will be re­mem­bered as a kind, unas­sum­ing woman who has lived her life in a very sim­ple and very hon­est way. Anne passed away aged 69. A large crowd at­tended her fu­neral Mass and Anne was laid to rest be­side Jay in Poul­peasty Ceme­tery. Jay was the last per­son to be buried in the ceme­tery be­fore Anne.

May her gen­tle soul rest in peace.

The late Anne Mur­phy (née Byrne)

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