Helen offered a warm welcome to visitors at her Dublin guesthouse
HELEN Moran (nee Dennehy) who passed away peacefully on Monday,
11, in St Vincent’s Private
Dublin, was well known to Kerry football and rugby followers as a welcoming host at her guesthouse in
Helen was born in May
1942 in Currow to the late William Dennehy (former Chairman of Kerry County Council) and Mary Dennehy, Ballybeg, Currow.
Helen’s twin sister Catherine Lyons, Abbeyfeale, passed away in 2015. She is survived by five other siblings: Tom Dennehy (Currow), Marie Karas (Chicago),Hugh Dennehy (Chicago), Margaret Flannery (Dublin), and Liam Dennehy (Dublin).
Helen was educated in Currow NS and Presentation Convent Dingle before she qualified as a nurse in Whipps Cross, London.
After working in Dublin and Chicago she emigrated to Zambia where she met her future husband Eamonn Moran from Askeaton,Co Limerick. They had two children Emmet and Grainne. Unfortunately Eamonn died from cancer aged only 39 in 1985.
She purchased Raglan Lodge Guesthouse in 1992 and ran a hugely successful business there until she sold it in 2006.She was a popular host, entertaining guests from all over Ireland and all over the world. It was a regular place to stay for Kerry supporters up for football matches and for rugby fans visiting nearby Landsowne Road for Internationals. When she did have any spare time from the business she loved skiing, golf and Bridge.
She will be deeply missed by her wide circle of family and friends who will remember her as a hugely generous person who loved life and loved the people she met on life’s journey . In latter years her greatest joy was being with her five beautiful grandchildren.
She is survived by her son Emmet, daughter Grainne, five grandchildren, daughter in law Lisa, and her son in law Graham.
Her remains are reposing at Massey Bros Funeral Home, 5 Newtown Rd, Blackrock, this Wednesday from 6pm–8pm. Requiem mass will be on this Thursday at the Church of the Assumption, Booterstown Ave at 11.30am followed by burial at Deansgrange Cemetery.
May she rest in peace
The Late Helen Moran