Booklover Re­nee had a tal­ent for dress­mak­ing

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS -

CATHER­INE (Re­nee) Ryan, mother of Coun­cil­lor John Ryan, passed away last month in the lov­ing care of Eyre­field Nurs­ing home where she lived for the last seven years.

Born Cather­ine Maun­d­s­ley on June 21, 1924 (Mid Sum­mers Day) in Cabra, Na­van Road in Dublin, Re­nee, as she was best known, had a promis­ing ca­reer work­ing in O’Reillys prin­ters fol­lowed by a spell in the Vo­ca­tional Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mit­tee (VEC).

She had many hob­bies grow­ing up but it was af­ter time spent in the Grafton Academy that her love of dress­mak­ing de­vel­oped. She dis­cov­ered a great tal­ent and was al­ways sur­rounded by pat­terns for chris­ten­ing robes to wed­ding dresses. She also had a real tal­ent as a pi­anist.

In 1955 in Aughrim Street Church, she mar­ried her true love, Jackie Ryan orig­i­nally from Dock Ter­race, who was best known for the fac­tory he owned in Dun­cairn Ter­race mak­ing mu­si­cal sou­venirs.

They raised six chil­dren from their home on the Meath Road. She also took great joy from her 12 grand­chil­dren and eight great grand­chil­dren

She was well known for ‘fly­ing around the town’ doing her daily shop­ping af­ter Mass in the Holy Re­deemer – she had an en­ergy level that few could match! And she wasn’t afraid to try new things in­clud­ing play­ing bridge with the Bray ac­tive re­tire­ment group and con­tin­u­ally try­ing to learn to swim with her friends.

She had a vo­ra­cious ap­petite for read­ing with her favourites be­ing fam­ily sagas, which is fit­ting as fam­ily life is what in­ter­ested her most – and that is where she ex­pended most of her love.

Cathaoir­leach of Bray Mu­nic­i­pal District, Christo­pher Fox, said last week at a district meet­ing that there was great sad­ness at the pass­ing of John’s mother Re­nee.

‘Our deep­est sym­pa­thies on your sad loss,’ he said to Cllr Ryan. Mem­bers held a mo­ment of si­lence in her mem­ory.

Re­nee will be missed by her chil­dren Clare, Nuala, Fer­gus, Fiona, Maeve and John. Her fu­neral took place at the Church of the most Holy Re­deemer on Bray’s Main Street be­fore burial at Sprin­field Ceme­tery. May she rest in peace.

The late Cather­ine (Re­nee) Ryan.

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