The late Eileen Stack
1922-2012 EILEEN Stack (nee Sheehan) was born on July 7, 1922 in Templeglantine, Co. Limerick. She had three brothers, Mossie, Pat and Eamon, who predeceased her and two sisters, the late Julia Ward and Maura Magee now living in Newcastlewest with her husband Kevin.
Eileen's original home is now better known as the Devon Hotel and it is still owned and run by the Sheehan family.
She married Joe Stack from Abbeyfeale, and they lived in Ballybunion from the early 1950s. She had two children - Eamon Stack and Marie McDonald. Shortly after moving to live in Ballybunion, Eileen started to knit as a pastime. She then established her own business calling it Ballybunion Knitwear. She built a new factory and showroom at Church Rd., beside her home, Maria Assumpta, in the late sixties.
It was a very successful business and she employed over 30 people at one stage. Eileen spent most of her time then designing ladies knitted suits, coats and jackets. She had impeccable taste. Almost half of her custom came from tourists who saw her striking designs when they visited Ballybunion. Her husband Joe also worked in the business. They retired from that work in 1988.
Her main hobby was her garden and growing beautiful roses around her house. These were much admired by people walking past. Eileen was also a marvellous cook.
Joe passed away in 2003 and Eileen did not live in Ballybunion very long after that. For the past seven years she lived at St. Paul's Retirement Home in Dooradoyle, Limerick.
Eileen was a remarkable business woman, a caring employer, a fashionable lady, and a very religious person. Her life was a simple one. It was dedicated to service - to her business customers; to her family and, above all, to God.
She was one of God's great servants all through her life. She had written on one of the walls in the factory: "The noise of machinery ascends like music to the heavens".
For her family she was their anchor. They admired her, respected her and loved her. She will be sadly missed by her son, daughter, daughter-in-law, sister, five grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, relatives and friends.
Eileen passed away, peacefully at the age of 90, on September24, 2012. She left the following verse among her writings. It gives good advice to us all.
"The release of death is a most beautiful experience, just a quiet sleep and an awaking to life in the spirit world. Never grieve when your loved one casts aside an old physical body. It is time for thankfulness.
Be thankful for the love and the life which you have enjoyed with them and more than this, be thankful for their release into a world of indescribable beauty and peace, happiness and fresh opportunity."
May she rest in peace. Eileen's Months Mind Mass will be held on Thursday, November 1 at 11.30am at St. John's Church, Ballybunion.