Tuesday 31 May 2016

'Super gran' will be dearly missed

Published 05/12/2012 | 10:16

Teresa Maguire 1926 - 2012

Teresa Maguire, Willville, Carlingford who died peacefully at her home on November 3rd, surrounded by her loving family, was the ultimate 'super gran' who never could resist a challenge and embraced new technology at an advanced age.

Aged 86, Teresa was a native of Whitestown, Greenore, and the second youngest in a family of eight of Patrick Clarke and Rose Finnegan.

She attended Boher N. S, and Bush Technical School, and, at the age of 14, following the death of her father, she left school to help out on the family farm.

She met her future husband, John at a dance in the old Cooley Hall, and they set out on their long journey. They married in June 1951, set up home in Willville, and had spent 61 very happy years together.

Teresa lived a simple life for she grew up in a very different Ireland, with no press button appliances, and gadgets. She was reserved and quiet by nature, and enjoyed spending time in her garden, cutting and strimming.

She was a keen walker, and could be been seen on a daily basis, briskly walking around the local roads, and indeed often around her beloved Whitestown shore. Teresa also took part in the Women`s Mini Marathon in Dublin at the age of 80, and was very proud of the medal she received for competing . She also climbed The Queen Mauve`s gap only two years ago.

Teresa also loved her weekly bingo sessions in Cooley hall, and enjoyed the craic and friendships she made there.

However, nothing or no one could take the place of Teresa's family. She had 10 children, 46 grandchildren, and 28 greatgrandchildren, and took a great interest in each and everyone of them, keeping up to date with all that was going on in their school, work, and definitely their social life.

Teresa was a very loving grandmother, and never had a cross word for any of them. Understandably they are all devastated by her passing, for she was the ultimate 'super gran' and her death has left a void in each and every one of their lives.

There was nothing that Teresa wouldn't try, for age was no boundary. She was partial to a good spin on a bouncy castle, or indeed a slide down the giant slides, or even a spin on a go cart on a Christmas morning. .

Teresa had great faith, was a regular Mass goer, and attended St Gerard`s Novena for the last 30 years, and indeed managed to go to the blessing of the sick this year during her short illness. She also had great faith in the Ladywell shrine in Templetown, and visited on a daily basis, even up to three days before her death.

Teresa was a keen player of computer games, and had a 'sega mega drive' and a Nintendo DS which she played daily She learned to text on her mobile phone, a very ' hip' granny, who adjusted superbly to the ever changing environment in which she lived.

Teresa enjoyed life to the full, and her passing after a short illness has impacted greatly on her family, as she was an inspiration for the manner in which she lived a simple but fulfilled life. She will be sadly missed by her husband, daughters, sons and wilder family circle for she brought great happiness and joy to each and everyone of them , Teresa is survived by her husband John, sons, Dermot (Castletowncooley), John jnr. ( Willville), daughters, Lola Callan (Millgrange), Colette Byrne (Greystones), Jean Rafferty (Upper Willville), Marie McGrath ( Whitestown), Assumpta Malone ( Whitestown), Elizabeth O'Grady (Old Grange), sisters, Molly Clarke (Carlingford), Veronica Znetkoff (USA) brother, Seamus (Carlingford),

45 grandchildren, and 28 greatgrandchildren, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, sisters-in-law, brothersnieces, nephews, family and friends.

She was predeceased by her sons, Kieran and Paul. and grandchildren John and Nicola, Having reposed at her home, Teresa`s remains were removed to St James Church, Grange for Requiem Mass celebrated by Very Rev. Malachy Conlon, P.P. who gave the eulogy.

All of Teresa`s grandchildren formed a guard of honour, along with members of the Cooley Kickhams GFC, while.Teresa`s sons, daughters and grandchildren helped carry her remains to her place of rest in the adjoining cemetery.

A a large attendance at both the Mass and interment reflected the high esteem in which Teresa was held.

Month's Mind Mass will be celebrated in Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, Boher on Friday, 14th December at 8p.m.

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