Emotion farewell to the much-respected Maura
ON Saturday, May 5, the death occurred of Maura Burke, late of Ballyshoneen, Waterfall, county Cork, and formerly of Valentia, who passed away at the age of 70 in the loving care of the Cope Foundation Staff of Montenotte in Cork city.
Maura, who had Downs Syndrome, was the daughter of late parents Paddy and Mary Burke and led a fulfilled and happy life in the cherished care of family members. She spent her first 40 years at home in Knightstown and was a very familiar presence at mass every Sunday, which she loved to attend. During those days she was regularly seen in the village of Knightstown as she walked in the company of her mother, Mary.
The next 30 years of her life were spent in Cork where, very admirably, she was cared for by Josephine (her sister) and Michael Brennan and family. From here she was often taken on foreign holidays, visiting such places as France and the Canary Islands and she very much enjoyed swimming and the many pleasures of holiday breaks. She had a good life.
On Monday, March 7, her funeral mass in the church of the Immaculate Conception in Knightstown was celebrated by PP Cahirsiveen Fr Larry Kelly.
Maura loved to sing (a well-established family trait) with her favourite song being ‘Bring Flowers Of The Rarest, Queen of The May,’ a song in tribute to the Virgin Mary.
During the mass the Valentia choir, comprised of many of Maura’s relatives, sang it in fine voice.
Indeed her sister, Joan, was the church organist for 63 years and was succeeded by her daughter Mary Gallagher.
The song is very much associated with May, the month of the Virgin Mary.
Interestingly, Gay Byrne was wont to play it in his RTE morning radio programme every May 1.
On the May Bank Holiday Monday Maura Burke was laid to rest in Kilmore in the grave of her parents, Paddy and Mary.
Beannacht Dé lena hanam uasal. Sincere condolences are offered to her brothers Desmond, Frank and Dominic; sisters Joan, Betty and Josephine; brother-in-law Michael; sistersin-law; nieces; nephews; and extended family and friends.
She was pre-deceased by her brothers Tom and Anthony.