Anne was devoted to her family
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)