Gil­lian had a bright mind and used her tal­ents qui­etly

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WHEN the late Gil­lian Lynch (nee Hynes) came to Bray as an in­fant in 1943, she lived first with her fam­ily in Ra­heen Park, on the slopes of Bray Head and later in New­court Road, and fi­nally in Meath Road.

She at­tended the Loreto Con­vent School and af­ter­wards the Loreto Sec­re­tar­ial Col­lege in North Great Ge­orges Street.

After grad­u­at­ing, she worked as sec­re­tary to the CEO in In­dus­trial Yarns, then in Ir­ish Ropes and in the VHI in sim­i­lar po­si­tions.

She be­came sec­re­tary to Der­mot Ryan, a well-known busi­ness­man in the day, and there she first met Sean Lynch, soon to be­come her hus­band. Sean was a jour­nal­ist and worked in the Ir­ish Press and sub­se­quently the Ir­ish In­de­pen­dent. They mar­ried in 1971 in the Queen of Peace Church and their son Jonathan was born in 1974.

In 1980, Sean was af­flicted by can­cer and he died the fol­low­ing year leav­ing Gil­lian and a seven-year-old Jonathan bereft.

She set about rais­ing Jonathan, main­tain­ing a nur­tur­ing home and earn­ing a liv­ing. All this she achieved with­out fuss and with­out any com­plaint. Her strength of char­ac­ter was her ‘rod’ and her sto­icism her ‘staff ’. It would be fair to call Gil­lian a strong woman.

In 1985, Gil­lian joined St Ger­ard’s School as school and head­mas­ter’s sec­re­tary and she served with dis­tinc­tion un­der four head­mas­ters over the next 25 years.

Upon re­tire­ment in 2007, she be­came St Ger­ard’s ar­chiv­ist – a post she cher­ished and ex­celled at un­til her pass­ing.

St Ger­ard’s brought out the very best in Gil­lian and Gil­lian gave of her ut­most to the school, staff, past pupils and pupils. This be­came her heart­felt vo­ca­tion and she has made her mark on St Ger­ard’s val­ues. Gil­lian’s ded­i­ca­tion to de­vel­op­ing the school’s archives will al­ways be an en­dur­ing part of her legacy.

Gil­lian was averse to any at­ten­tion con­cern­ing her­self and her achieve­ments. She liked to use her tal­ents qui­etly and diplo­mat­i­cally but with­out com­pro­mis­ing the at­tain­ment of her ob­jec­tives. She was pos­sessed of an in­tel­li­gent mind and she was a truly skilled ad­min­is­tra­tor.

When Gil­lian re­ceived the Sacra­ment of the Sick, she was anointed by the mak­ing of the Sign of the Cross upon her fore­head. A few days later her grand­nephew Tiar­nan was bap­tised as a Chris­tian by the mak­ing of the same sign upon his fore­head.

She was in­terred last month in St Pe­ter’s Ceme­tery within sight of the cross on Bray Head, and amongst the graves of her fam­ily. The cross book­ends her life as a Chris­tian.

Gil­lian is sur­vived by her son Jonathan Lynch, her sis­ter An­nette Smith and brother John Hynes, fam­ily-in-law, and ex­tended fam­ily and friends.

The late Gil­lian Lynch.

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