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Thursday 17 April 2014

A gentle, kind lady and loyal friend

The late Nora O'Sullivan

1945-2012 THE DEATH took place of Nora O'Sullivan (Fee McSweeney), Mitchel's Avenue and formerly of Rock Street, Tralee on Thursday, December 13 at her home.

Aged 67, Nora died after an illness which spanned 18 months which she bore with great courage and dignity, surrounded by her family and friends.

Nora was the second eldest of four children, born on February 17, 1945 to parents John and Teresa McSweeney.

The McSweeney family were steeped in the history of The Rock Club, where her brothers Rory and Terry both played for Austin Stacks and where she was a proud supporter of the black and amber.

Nora attended Balloonagh Mercy schools and after completing her education she found employment in The Boot Factory ( Tralee Footwear) where she worked for a number of years.

Nora married Tim O'Sullivan in July, 1968 and after the birth of their daughter Mandy in 1970, Nora ceased employment, caring for her husband and daughter at home.

Many years after Nora returned to the workforce taking up a position in the O'Connor family run laundry in Pembroke Street. There she spent many years before retiring in February, 2011.

Nora's family and friends played a very important and central role in her life. She loved to go on holidays to Lanzarote and Portugal and also enjoyed a visit to Lourdes.

Above all Nora was devoted to her family and friends, welcoming all with open arms. Nora was elated when her first grandchild Jordan was born and some few years later the birth of her second grandchild Dylan.

She became engrossed in their life enjoying their company and becoming involved in their games as they grew older.

Nora spent a number of years with the Girl Guides, enjoying the company of the young members. She listened to their stories at their nightly meetings and often weekend activities motivating and encouraging these young girls.

Nora was pre-deceased by her brother Rory in 1990 and her older sister Helen in 2010.

Nora's family wish to thank all who were so kind to them during her illness, especially the staff of Clonfert Ward of Kerry General Hospital, Dr. Patricia Sheehan and her wonderful team at Palliative Care Unit. To all the nurses who visited Nora at her home caring for all and a special thanks to the members of the Home Help (carers) who tended to Nora's personal needs on a daily basis. Thanks also to the management and staff of Riverside Nursing Home, Abbeydorney, where Nora spent some respite at that facility.

To Dr. Tom O'Brien and Dr. Bridget O'Brien, grateful thanks, also to O'Donoghue's Pharmacy, Boherbee. A special thank to Gleasures Funeral Directors and to our friends and neighbours for the wonderful support at this sad time.

The removal of Nora's remains took place on Saturday, December 15 from her home to St. John's Church and following Requiem Mass, interment took place in Rath Cemetery.

Nora will be sadly missed by her husband Timmy, daughter Mandy, brother Terry, grandchildren, son-in-law, sistersin-law and her many friends.

Ar dheis De go raibh anam uasal.

Month's Mind Mass for Nora will take place Thursday, January 10 at 1.05pm in St. Catherine's Church, Kerry General Hospital.

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