Monday 25 September 2017

Hogan bids farewell to his 'wonderful' mother Maura

Phil Hogan and family walk behind his mother’s coffin as it is carried from the church. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Phil Hogan and family walk behind his mother’s coffin as it is carried from the church. Photo: Caroline Quinn

Ian Begley

European Commissioner Phil Hogan said farewell to his beloved mother in a simple, dignified ceremony.

Mourners from Tullaroan and beyond crowded the Church of the Assumption in honour of Maura Hogan (81), who died peacefully on Thursday at the Drakelands Nursing Home, Kilkenny.

Many former and current colleagues of Mr Hogan showed their respects, including MEPs Brian Hayes and Sean Kelly, TDs Michael Lowry and John McGuinness, and Kilkenny Cathaoirleach David Fitzgerald.

Businessman Larry Goodman also attended.

During the funeral Mass, Mr Hogan painted a vivid and touching picture of his mother, a woman who he described as a "wonderful, genuine person". "My mother was a true believer and took great consolation in prayer," Mr Hogan said.

A number of items were placed on her coffin, the first being holy water.

MEP Brian Hayes speaking to Terry Prone. Photo: Caroline Quinn
MEP Brian Hayes speaking to Terry Prone. Photo: Caroline Quinn

"All events, whether it was the birth of a human or an animal, the change of a car, a long journey or a special occasion was marked with holy water... she would not just sprinkle them with holy water, but drown them. The second item is a tea cosy. Nobody left my mum's kitchen or sitting room without being fed, whether they wanted to or not."

Maura Hogan was predeceased by her husband Tom and mourned by sons Phil, Paddy and Tommy, and daughter Joan Teehan. She was laid to rest in Ballinamara Cemetery, Freshford.

Businessman Larry Goodman. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Businessman Larry Goodman. Photo: Caroline Quinn

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