Emo­tion farewell to the much-re­spected Maura

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

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.

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