Thursday 25 December 2014

Sister of Charles Haughey 'was loyal to her family', mourners told

Published 07/03/2014 | 02:30

At Maureen's funeral were Orla, Ciarán and  Sean Haughey with Charlie Haughey's widow Maureen Haughey
At Maureen's funeral were Orla, Ciarán and Sean Haughey with Charlie Haughey's widow Maureen Haughey
Father Eoghan Haughey, brother of Maureen, officiated at the funeral mass, at the Church of Our Lady of Consolation, Donnycarney yesterday. Photo: Peter Houlihan
The late Maureen Haughey

MOURNERS at the funeral of the late former Taoiseach Charlie Haughey's sister were told that while her relatives often "raised eyebrows" she never "judged" them.

Maureen Haughey (91),  was remembered as a fiercely loyal woman by friends who gathered at the Church of Our Lady of Consolation on the Malahaide Road, Dublin, yesterday.

Among those in the congregation were the late Taoiseach's wife, also named Maureen. Other mourners included former Fianna Fail minister Ray MacSharry.

Mr Haughey's son, Sean, gave a eulogy during which he described his aunt as "a lady".

"Maureen was very loyal to her family," he said. "She never judged any of our actions and while we may, on occasion, have given her occasion for a raised eyebrow, she always kept her counsel to herself.

"She was a lady. She was an excellent hostess and her cups of tea in Belton Park were legendary," Sean added.

"She didn't use teabags in her house, only real tea in her best china for visitors. Maureen was the best, a great aunty and an inspiration to us all."

Ms Haughey was laid to rest following a funeral Mass that was led by her brother Fr Eoghan Haughey.

Among the political figures to attend was former Fianna Fail politician Ray Burke.

Fr Haughey told mourners that his sister had been "woman of prayer" who brought harmony wherever she went.

"I can honestly say in the 80 or so years that I knew Maureen, I never heard her say a bad word about anyone," he said.

Ms Haughey died peacefully in Nazareth House nursing home, on the Malahide Road, last Tuesday.

Music for the Mass was provided by renowned soprano Antoinette Heery accompanied by organist and musical director Sarah Brown.

Ms Haughey was buried in Glasnevin Cemetery.

Irish Independent

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