Ea­monn O’Neal

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR PICTURES -

HUN­DREDS of peo­ple turned up at St Winifred’s Church last week to say good­bye to Pat Mooney-Duffy.

The size of the con­gre­ga­tion at Pat’s fu­neral was a great trib­ute to a won­der­ful per­son who bravely bore her ill­ness in the same way as she lived her life – with a wide smile.

I first met Pat when I taught her chil­dren in pri­mary school years ago.

Of course they’re all grown up now with chil­dren of their own.

Sharon, Ail­ish, Caitri­ona and Brendan are dev­as­tated at los­ing their mum but they will months to have in­ten­sive treat­ment to help him lead a more nor­mal life.

In this episode he was de­ter­mined to im­prove his lungs as much as have taken great com­fort in be­ing able to see how much love and af­fec­tion there is for Pat.

She was always pa­tient and kind and she drew on her deep faith to get her through the last cou­ple of years.

And as Mayo man Tommy Duffy would say she en­joyed ‘the craic’ for as long as she could. pos­si­ble so he could spend a night at a friend’s house.

That is his dream: he doesn’t want to be rich or own lots of ma­te­rial things, he just wants to spend one night at his friend’s house with­out his oxy­gen.

Keir is ar­tic­u­late, clever and de­ter­mined and if ever you need to put things into per­spec­tive, try and catch Keir in the mov­ing TV se­ries.

●● Dave Spikey ful­filled his dream of be­com­ing a co­me­dian, but oth­ers have much sim­pler am­bi­tions

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