Tralee woman had a smile for everyone she met

Published 16/01/2013 | 09:16

The late Marie Moriarty

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THE DEATH took place of Marie Moriarty (nee Murphy), Marian Park, Tralee, Co. Kerry on Wednesday, January 2 at Kerry General Hospital surrounded by her loving family.

Marie was born July 13, 1938, one of five children to the late Patrick and Hannah Murphy. She was pre-deceased by her sisters Kathleen and Ann. Her surviving siblings are Noreen Leen, Tralee and Patrick (Mocca) Murphy, Limerick. Marie attended school in Moyderwell, Tralee, following which she worked in Derry O'Rourke's grocery shop in Boherbee and then at Woolworths in The Mall, Tralee. She was the first woman to be retained in Woolworths after the law changed on employing married women.

Marie met her husband Jeremiah at the Gaelic League when she was 15 and half years old. They got married on June 2, 1959 and had 53 years and 7 months to the day of happiness together.

Their union was blessed with seven children - Martin (Aughty) Moriarty, Catherine Walsh, Marie Shanahan, Patrick (Mocca), Siobhan and Aine Moriarty. She was pre-deaseased by her son Jeremiah in December 2003.

Marie was very involved in the greyhounds in her young days and would gallop and walk the greyhounds with her husband Jeremiah. She loved to go to the dog track and on one occasion she was close to labour when she had the joy of watching "Marie's Knock" win the Rose of Tralee Sweepstake, breaking the track record.

Marie was an avid bingo fan, at first with her mother, Hannah Murphy and later with her friend, Mary Rusk and loved to meet with her many bingo friends. She also enjoyed going to the Mitchels clubhouse on a Monday night to have a game of 31.

They say you would always know when she had a good hand because she would always hold them close to her chest. Marie's house was opened to many, especially people going and coming from the hospital or Rath and the kettle was always on the boil. She loved to bake apple tarts, buns and boiled cakes.

She loved to see people happy and enjoyed a good joke and was a people pleaser. She loved to support her family when they were playing sports and in school concerts. Marie was sick for approx 25 years and fought her illness with bravery and dignity. Her husband cared for her with the help and support of family in the family home up until a few hours before her death. She will be sadly missed by everyone.

Marie's family would like to thank Dr. Aidan Daly, Dr. Kathleen O'Connor, Helen and Paula; Kerry General Hospital, doctors and nurses especially all the staff at A&E, Clonfert Ward and Skellig Ward. All the nurses that visited her at the house - Liz, Sinead, Mary and Jackie. A special thanks to Gerald Hogan (Funeral Home) and John Rahilly. A very special thank you to her long life friend Fr Billy Foley SMA Fathers, Wilton Cork, Fr Jerry Finucane, who concelebrated the mass and assisted by Fr. Billy Foley (Gospel and Homily), Fr Pat Crean Lynch, Fr Barrett, Fr John Buckley.

Thanks to all the family and friends that helped and provided the catering in the house and helped with the greyhounds during the funeral, we will always remember and be greatful for your help and support.

The removal of Marie's remains took place from her family home Friday, January 4 at 11.15 am to St John's Church for 12 o'clock mass and interment took place in Rath Cemetery.

Marie will be sadly missed by her husband Jeremiah, sons, daughters, brother, sister, grandchildren, great grandchildren, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, extended families and many friends.

Month's Mind Mass for Marie will take place Sat, February 2 at 4p.m. in the Immaculate Conception Church, Rathass, Tralee.

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