The late Eileen Howard
THE DEATH has occurred of Eileen Howard (nee Daly) of Connolly Park and formerly of Strand Street, Tralee.
Eileen departed from this world, just as she had lived her life, quietly, gently and without any fuss. Eileen had resided for most of her married life with her husband Eddie and family in Connolly Park, where her neighbours knew her as a loving and caring person who had the best interests of everybody at heart.
Eileen was born in 1934 in Strand Street, daughter of Pat (Nap) Daly and Mary Quinlan. Her siblings were her sisters Breda, Norrie, Ann, Betty and Celia. Educated by the Presentation Sisters at their primary and secondary schools, following which she went to work in Hilser's Jewellers in Castle Street.
Tralee was a much smaller town in those days, where mostly everybody knew one another. Just across the road from where Eileen worked was Roger Harty's licensed premises and the head barman was the very well known Eddie Howard. For many people Eddie was an institution in Roger's and he greeted everybody with a smile and a warm hello on entering or leaving the premises.
Love blossomed in Castle Street for Eileen and Eddie and after many nights dancing in the CYMS and the Ashe Memorial Hall, she was swept off her feet by the man from Lisanearla. They exchanged wedding vows in 1966 and went to reside in Eddie's home place prior to moving to Connolly Park.
Eileen and Eddie's union was blessed with five children - Mary, Elaine, John, Nora and Louise. Eileen was a caring and loving mother who always put the best interests of her husband, family and neighbours first.
Her children knew her as a wonderful mother, very gentle and thoughtful, who created a lovely home in Connolly Park. She had an easy-going temprament and always took things in her stride. In many difficult situations, she always remained calm, took a deep breath, before making any rash decisions.
Eileen and Eddie shared many happy and wonderful years together, helped in no small way by their strong Catholic religious beliefs. Eileen was for many years a member of the Legion of Mary and she had great devotion to Our Lady and St Padre Pio.
In the quietness of her home Eileen loved to read the daily paper, keeping abreast with current affairs. Politics and Prime Time were watched after she had done her daily chores. Her cooking skills assailed the nostrils when entering her kitchen and when the kids were young she was constantly knitting.
When Eddie retired from Harty's, they would regularly head off to Killarney with their son, John, for a day out and a picnic. In later years they were accompanied by their grandchildren, by whom she was adored and was always willing to babysit.
Eileen had plenty of energy and was always on the go, being a member of the Active Retirement Group in Rahoonane and the 11 to 1 Club. But it was in her home where she was most content in the bosom of her family listening to the radio.
The removal of Eileen's remains took place from the Gleasure Funeral Home on Thursday, May 4 to the Church of Our Lady and St Brendan. Following Requiem Mass on Sunday morning at 10am, burial took place in New Rath Cemetery.
Eileen is sadly missed by her loving husband Eddie, children Mary, Elaine, John, Nora and Louise, grandchildren Alice, Aoife, Shane, Lucy, Jack, Barry, Eoin, Rachel, Max, sisters Celia and Anne, sons-in-law Kevin, Norman, Tim and Eric, sister-in-law Julia, nieces, relatives and friends.
Coladh samh i measc na nAingeal Eileen.