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Woman of great faith

Published 01/05/2013 | 05:36

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The late Eilish (Emperor) Walsh

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1930- 2013

Eilish Walsh departed this world on a sunny afternoon, on April 2. She died suddenly at her home in the presence of her son Martin.

Eilish was born in Knockbrack, Knocknagoshel, a "new year's' baby " on January 1, 1930. Daughter of the late Elizabeth (nee Cahill) and the late James Emperor, she was one of seven siblings and predeceased by Cáit and Jim who died at a young age and in recent years by Mary (Roche) and Dan.

Eilish received her primary education at Knockbrack national school, and came to work as housekeeper in O'Reillys of Greenville, Listowel at the age of 18.

Whilst attending the local dances there, she met Patrick Walsh of Coolkeragh and they were married in April 1960.

She then came to live in Tullamore, Listowel and cared for Patrick's retired aunts Mary Ann and Catherine until their death. Patrick and Eilish went on to have three children Marion , Elizabeth and Martin.

Eilish loved baking and cooking. Anyone who crossed the threshold was guaranteed an offer of a "cupan tae" and there was always sweets on offer for visiting children. She also liked to knit, sew and was an avid reader of newpapers and books. Photographs were much loved and framed, though she "never owned a camera"!

In her more youthful days her mode of transport was her "high nellie" Raleigh bicycle, which she used to cycle to Mass and to town for her groceries.

Religion played a big part in her life, and she attended Sunday Mass dutifully, up to last year, when her attendance became somewhat less regular, as her mobility was failing.

She went on pilgrimage to Lourdes twice in her lifetime, and would have liked to visit Fatima. She was a Pioneer of Total Abstinence for over 50 years, and proudly wore her pioneer pin.

Modern methods of communication remained a mystery to her, as she remained a fan of the "snail mail". Letters, paper cuttings, greeting cards, Mass cards and Christmas cards were posted to relatives and friends regularly, though she did use the telephone, occasionally!

She lived long enough to see two grandchildren Patrick and Liam, having told many that she hoped to "see one before she died"!

Her strong faith, will and determination carried her through the later years of her life, as good health evaded her for many years. She suffered with angina and high cholesterol, as well as severe arthritis which greatly impaired her mobility, particularly in the final few months of her life.

Sadly missed and survived by her husband Patrick, son Martin (Tullamore and Ballylongford), daughters Marion (Dublin), Elizabeth (Brosnan, Knockanure), sister Eileen (Dublin), brother John (Knocknagoshel), grandchildren Patrick and Liam, son in law John, daughter in law Pauline, relatives and friends.

Her life was one of kindly deeds,

A helping hand for others needs

Sincere and true in heart and mind

Beautiful memories left behind.

Ár dheis dé ar a anam Dilis.

The Months Mind Mass for Eilish will be in St. Teresa's Church, Ballydonoghue on Friday, May 3rd at 8pm.

Kerryman

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