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Hundreds of mourners packed the local churchyard on day Maureen Rowley was laid to rest

She was very well received in the community,’ said her brother, Breen McGee

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Maureen Rowley passed away on February 2, 2021

Maureen Rowley passed away on February 2, 2021

Maureen Rowley passed away on February 2, 2021

MAUREEN Rowley (84) woke up with a cough one day in the middle of January, 2021 and succumbed to Covid on February 2, 2021.

It was that quick,” said her brother Breen McGee, (75), from Newtownforbes, Co Longford.

While Ms Rowley lived most of her life in nearby Mohill, just a few kilometres across the border with Co Leitrim, she spent much of her time in Longford where she was well known and loved, her brother said.

“She loved going out and meeting the family,” he said.

She hailed from a family of six and went on to have five children with her late husband Alf, who predeceased her by 23 years.

Ms Rowley also ran a hair salon in Mohill and worked hard to support her family after her husband’s death.

“She was very bubbly, although she didn’t mince words,” said McGee. “If she had anything to tell you, she’d tell you right between the eyes. But she was very well received in the community.”

Only immediate family were allowed to attend her funeral mass where her brother – who is a tenor with the Longford County Choir and St Mel’s Cathedral Choir – sang. However, hundreds of mourners packed the local churchyard at St Patrick’s Church in Mohill for her burial on February 6, 2021.

He also sang a hymn in honour of his sister during a special ceremony last October at the Albert Reynolds Peace Park in Longford town.

Mr McGee, who recently tested positive for Covid but is now clear of the virus, recalled how the family marked the first anniversary of his sister’s death.

“We had a beautiful family gathering. Between friends and family there were over 100 there. We gave her a proper family send-off,” he said.

Maureen is survived by her daughters, Sandra, Aideen, Amanda and Geraldine. She is predeceased by her only son Cormac, who tragically died of cancer.

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