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.
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