One of the last of the old stock could put the world to right over a pot of tea
Published 12/12/2012 | 12:20
The late Josie Walsh 1928-2012 ON FRIDAY, November 30, Tralee and especially the Strand Road area of the town, lost one of the remaining old stock when Josie Walsh (nee Quill) passed away.
She had celebrated her 84th birthday just three weeks before she passed away peacefully in the fantastic care of the matron and staff at Our Lady of Fatima home Tralee.
Josie was born on November 9, 1928, the last of nine children of Julia and William Quill in old Rae St, which is now long since gone. At the age of 10 they moved into the new estate of O'Rahillys Villas. Josie went to Balloognagh School and later spent a small period of time in the Technical School in Moyderwell.
While out walking one evening she took shelter under a tree from a shower of rain. She started talking to a young man also taking shelter, that man was Christy Walsh who was to become the love of her life. They married in 1956 and were together for 44 years until Christy died in January, 1988
When she was aged 17 Josie went to work in Denny's factory. She loved Dennys and told many stories of the great friends she made over the 12 years she spent working there. It was with much sadness that she saw many of them pass away before her, she often remarked that she was the last of the Mohicans!
After their marriage Josie gave up work in Dennys as it was a rule at the time that married women had to leave. For the next 10 years she remained at home looking after her father and mother. In 1968 their only daughter Julie was born.
Josie liked nothing more than to meet her pals for a good chat. They were great neighbours and always supported each other and many happy evenings were spent with Mai and Peggy Kissane and a great circle of friends. Peggy Conway could always be depended to be there if ever help was needed. They had great community spirit!
As she became a little infirm she decided to sell her home and move to Gurrane, Firies with her daughter Julie, son-in-law Dave and their family. Although she loved being with the family she was a Strand Road woman at heart and missed her great friend Maura Horgan very much. The two of them downed many a pot of tea putting the world to rights.
Increasing infirmity in recent months meant she could no longer be cared for at home and on October 23 Josie moved into Our Lady of Fatima Nursing home in Tralee. It was here, with great care love and dignity, that she spent her last five weeks until she passed away on Friday, November 30.
It was testimony to the high esteem in which Josie was held to see the crowds that turned out for her Requiem Mass in Fatima chapel. She would have loved to have been able to hear the beautiful music and singing of the members of Sliabh Mish Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann who were very close to her heart.
She will be sadly missed by her daughter Julie, son-in-law Dave, grandchildren Chris, Adam, Heather Jasmin and Cormac, her nephews and nieces, many friends and friends of her grandchildren to whom she was always Nan.