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Published 04/12/2013 | 05:36

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The late Helena Moynihan RIP.

The late Helena Moynihan

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1947-2013

HELENA MOYNIHAN (nee Ronan), 8 The O'Rahillys Villas, Tralee, passed away on Sunday, November 10, after a short battle with cancer, fought with great courage and determination.

Helena was born on December 3, 1947 to parents Margaret (Madge) Ronan (nee Prendergast) and Cornelius (Con) Ronan of 19 Strand Street, Tralee. They were one of the first families to reside in Strand Street and they would be a very established old stock family.

Helena always took great pride in coming from Strand Road. She had great time for the old friends and neighbours she grew up with over the years.

Helena was one on seven siblings - two of whom, Michael and Sean, pre-deceased her. She had two sisters Kathleen and Mary and two other brothers Con and Frank.

She went on to marry Con Moynihan a native of Newmarket, County Cork and they were proud parents of three children - Ronan, Sean and Ursula.

Her son Sean died tragically as a passenger in a car accident in 1993. This was a huge loss for Helena, however with her determination and faith she carried on for her family.

Helena found a new lease of life when her daughter Ursula went on to have four children - Ryan, Sophie, Jack and Isabelle.

They truly were the loves of her life and she would make her way out to Maglass in Ballymacelligott most days to visit and help with minding them. She would love chatting, playing, reading and being with them. She enhanced wonderful qualities in each one of them and always had great interest in their development.

Helena was very well respected in the Ballymac area and O'Rahillys Villas and her family wish to thank their good neighbours and friends in both communities.

Helena had a very gentle nature full of love and care, she was reserved, unassuming and never judgemental.

She especially treasured her relationship with her daughter Ursula to whom she was not just a mother but a best friend too.

Whether it was to help out family and friends Helena would do all she could even at the risk of letting herself with nothing, which often happened but she never complained.

Helena was a true lady, impeccably dressed and well groomed.

She loved nature, feeding the birds or any stray animals, especially her beloved pet Prince.

She also loved talking about the old times and researching her family tree was of huge interest to her.

Her love for music was evident at her beautiful mass service with Andrea Bocelli being played at the procession "Time to say Goodbye" which was one of her favourite songs. Helena had gone to Andrea's concert a few years ago and was a big fan.

Fr Anthony O'Sullivan gave the most beautiful service assisted by Fr. Pat Crean. Fr Anthony had been a very good friend of Helena's for over 20 years and she found great peace whenever he visited her right up to the end of her illness.

A huge crowd attended the funeral, which was a great testament to the popular and well respected lady that she was.

In September, 2013 Helena was diagnosed with cancer, she fought so bravely to hang onto the life she loved but knew it was not meant to be.

From diagnosis Helena deteriorated very rapidly, however she remained dignified, never complained and as always looked at the glass half full rather than half empty.

This was her philosophy throughout her life and she bestowed this quality on others.

She had a great faith which helped her face the prospect of dying sooner than she ever thought possible.

Helena received great care from Public Health Nurses from the primary care team in Castleisland, Sheila Kissane and Anne Kenny.

The family would particularly like to thank them for caring so much for her, especially Ann Kenny who was present with the family during Helena's passing. Also, to the Palliative Care team in Tralee and Oncology Dept, especially Nurse Abbey.

Surrounded by her friends and family Helena passed away from this world on November 10.

It is with immense grief and heartbreak that the family had to say goodbye to such a kind hearted lady.

Her passing has left a huge void and she will be greatly missed by her husband Con, son Ronan, daughter Ursula, grandchildren Ryan, Sophie, Jack and Isabelle, son-in-law Richard, brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces, and cousins, brothers-in-law and sister-in-law.

Helena may your gentle soul rest in peace.

Kerryman

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