Moya McNally 1929 - 2012
The tragic death of Moya McNally, New Road, Bellurgan, Dundalk in a traffic accident on November 10th evoked widespread sympathy in the area and deprived her family of a loving presence in their lives.
Moya was one of five children of Mary and Frank Clarke from Patrick Street and later Barrack Street and after the death of her mother when her youngest brother, Eddie was just four, Moya, being the only girl, assumed the role of home maker for her family.
She did so with unselfish zeal and when her four brothers had made their own way and her father passed away in 1969, Moya found work outside of the home in P. J.Carrolls.
She worked in the 'plug room' until her retirement in 1988 and colleagues in Carrolls became life long friends.
Moya married her husband, Hughie in 1977 and the couple built a home on their land in Bellurgan.
She relished her move to a rural environment where she was a willing helper for Hughie in looking after the livestock and her garden.
When Moya married she was living in McSwiney Street, and her brother, Tommy who lived with Moya all his life, joined the couple in Bellurgan.
Tommy who died last year was a leading figure in amateur dramatics in Dundalk and a founder member of the Dundalk Group Players.
Throughout his life long devotion to amateur dramatics, Tommy was enthusiastically supported by Moya who attended all his productions and indeed was a great supporter of drama in the town.
Many of Tommy's friends became friends of Moya and Hughie and there were many memorable occasions in the McNally household when drama was the main topic.
Moya was an excellent cook and had an exceptionally strong bond with her religion, attending services in St. Mary's Marist Church regularly.
She was a kind, loving person who unselfishly devoted herself to the needs of others for most of her life, and has left a legacy that will endure.
Moya is survived by her brother, Eddie ( Wicklow), sisters- in- law, Noreen and Mary Clarke, nieces, nephews, and a large circle of relatives and friends.
She was predeceased by her husband, Hugh (Hughie) in 2006, brothers, Clement, Peter, Tommy and sister in law Bernadette.
Having reposed at Dixons Funeral Home, Moya's remains were taken to her home in Bellurgan where they reposed before removal to St. Nicholas Church where Requiem Mass was celebrated by Rev. G. Campbell, C.C. , who gave the eulogy.
The Readings were given by niece, Catherine Smyth and Brian Cooney who is married to Moya's niece, Mary, while the Prayers of Intercession were led by nephews, Peter and Niall Clarke.
The Offertory Gifts were presented by nieces, Maura Herrity and Niamh Clarke, while the soloist was Mary O'Hanlon.
After Mass burial took place in St. Patrick's cemetery and there was a large attendance at both the Mass and interment reflecting the family's strong links with the town and the affection by which Moya was held.
Month's Mind Mass will be held on 6th January in St Nicholas's Church.