Maureen made great contribution to Gorey
THOUGH she was a native of Newport in County Tipperary, Maureen Redmond of Tomsilla, Courtown Road, and Redmond Dry Cleaners, Esmonde Street, made Gorey her home for the past 45 years, and was well known and loved in the town.
Maureen passed away at Gorey District Hospital on August 23 last following an illness. She was 82.
Born Maureen Hayden, she grew up in Newport, and at 17, she went to the Birmingham area in England, and trained to be a nurse.
After qualifying, she worked in The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham until 1968. While she was in the UK, she met Stephen Redmond from Cooladine, Enniscorthy, and they were married in 1960.
They always wanted to return home and set up their own business, so in 1968, they moved to Gorey with their two young sons John and Stephen, and they established Redmond Dry Cleaners.
Maureen had many happy years in her new home, making friends and building up the business. She was ever present in the Esmonde Street premises until she was 80 years of age, and she enjoyed good health.
In more recent times, she still visited the shop to chat with the customers. She loved getting to know people, and she made many friends over the years. Her nursing qualifications often came in useful, especially when it came to offering advice on various ailments. She was also a listener and a confidante to many.
Many people have approached the family since her passing to recount stories of the various kindnesses she did for them, but her help was always low key. She was involved in setting up Sr. Clemen's Playschool and the Gorey Meals on Wheels service, but again, her input was kept low key.
Outside of work, she loved spending time with her family and friends, socialising and going out for meals, and she played bridge for a while. She was also a regular visitor to Courtown Golf Club, especially when Stephen was Captain and later President, but she never played golf herself.
She remained at home during her illness, but in her final week, she went in to Gorey Hospital where she was given great care and attention by the nurses and staff.
Her Funeral Mass was held in Star of the Sea Church, Riverchapel, on Monday, August 26, and she was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
Maureen Redmond is survived by her loving husband Stephen; her beloved sons John and Stephen; daughters-in-law Mary and Catherina; grandchildren Dylan, Finn, Lauren and Romy; sisters and brothers-in-law; nieces; nephews; cousins; and a wide circle of family, friends, and neighbours.
Maureen's Month's Mind Mass will be held at Star of the Church, Riverchapel, on Saturday, September 21, at 6 p.m.
May she Rest in Peace.